Board told to `get on' with tennis courts

The Vincent Community Board revisited its earlier decisions on the Pioneer Park tennis courts in Alexandra yesterday, after receiving 23 submissions on the topic, most urging the board to "just get on with it."

After more than three years of debate on whether the tennis courts in the centre of town should be retained, relocated or upgraded, the board decided in October last year to remove the existing courts and replace them with two astroturf courts.

It applied for grants to meet the cost of upgrading but suspended any further action while it was considering the redevelopment of Molyneux Park.

The board considered submissions to the Central Otago District Council's long term council community plan at its meeting yesterday and the majority of the Pioneer Park tennis court submissions were in favour of upgrading the facility and critical of how long it was taking.

It agreed to reconsider the earlier decision and approved the upgrade of three courts with astroturf, with the board funding the project by up to $60,000.

It will support applications for external funding for the rest of the project , estimated to cost more than $250,000.

"Leave them where they are and get a move on with upgrading them - that's the clear message that's coming through," board member Tim Cadogan said.

Alexandra tennis player Richard McKenzie said the old tennis courts were an eyesore but were in a perfect location.

"I'm one of many Alexandra tennis players who can't play tennis in Alexandra because there's no decent tennis courts here," Mr McKenzie said.

Upgraded courts in the present location would add to the vibrancy of the town centre.

"Don't spend a penny more on asking consultants what is needed, the community has told you what they want, so just do it," he said.


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