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Miners’ Welfare Park tennis and netball court improvements and resurfacing

Published on Monday, 10th February 2020

NBBC in partnership with Bedworth Sports Club and WCC have secured funding to undertake improvement and resurfacing works to the Miners’ Welfare Park tennis and netball courts.

The planned improvements will not only enhance the current provision for users, but they will also ensure the integrity of the courts for future use. The funding pot equates to a total of £177.5K with 98K from WCC and £79.5K from NBBC. A further funding application is being submitted to Sport England to help with the project.

Presently there is an issue with tree foliage and root growth compromising the safety of the courts and making the surface slippery. Unfortunately on this occasion the trees causing the issues will need to be removed.

In accordance with NBBC’s Environmental Policy, the Council will be working with their Parks Team to ensure that an equal number of trees will be replanted in a different area of the park so that there is no overall loss. The removal of the trees will ensure that the court surface remains safe, and has the added benefit of enhancing the natural lighting for users.

Chairman of the Bedworth Sports Club Ivor Richards said:

“Bedworth Sports Club have been working in partnership with NBBC for a number of years now. The partnership started when Bedworth Cricket Club wanted to develop their Pavilion. We now have a facility that the town can be proud of. It was the vision of our committee to be more inclusive to our community and other sports, hence the Sports Club being formed. 

“This latest development is a direct result of BSC, NBBC and Warwickshire County Council and officers from both authorities working alongside each other. The return of competitive netball to MWP would be extremely good news and we at BSC look forward to welcoming them”.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Arts & Leisure said:

“Yet again partnership working has enabled further improvements for our local residents. The partnership with Bedworth Sports Club and Warwickshire County Council has grown in strength and will help provide the very best sporting facilities for our residents in our Miners Welfare Destination Park facility. This work supports our on-going concept planning of the park over coming years, providing new and exciting facilities”.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Chattaway, ward member for Bedworth Central, said:

“I am really pleased to have been part of this work with Bedworth Sport Club and helping them achieve a vision for improving leisure facilities around the MWP. It will be great to see this work completed over the coming months and provide further opportunities for local people to take part in physical activity”.

Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, Cllr Les Caborn said: 

“We were pleased to support this.  It not only will have a very positive effect on local people’s quality of life but access to sport will also have a very positive effect on physical and mental well-being.”

A park run regular said: 

“Although the trees do not directly impact our run I can personally see the benefit from making the park a brighter and therefore much safer place to be. To be replacing the trees with new trees to grow in the future can only be a good thing.”