Sup­port call fol­lows ten­nis club­house bid

Now a wait­ing game as Burn­side plan is submitted

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a new club­house and flood­lights has been submitted for the old Burn­side Ten­nis Club.

But those be­hind plans to bring the courts back into use say they are still wait­ing to see if they can press ahead with their scheme and they urged the com­mu­nity to back the project.

Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club (RLTC) launched their am­bi­tious Re­turn to Splen­dour cam­paign in Oc­to­ber last year.

They hope to ab­sorb the courts into an ex­panded fa­cil­ity, op­er­at­ing as a sin­gle, ful­ly­in­te­grated, seven court club.

So far half of their £ 20,000 tar­get has been raised but they are re­ly­ing on suc­cess­ful fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to Sportscot­land, the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion and the Land­fill Trust if they are to be suc­cess­ful.

If all goes well, work on re­plac­ing the courts could start early next year with a view to them be­ing open for next sum­mer.

Club pres­i­dent, Gareth El­lor, said: “From our per­spec­tive, it’s some­thing of a wait­ing game. If we get the grants we can press ahead but if we don’t it will be backk to the hd drawingi b board.d

“The mes­sage we are try­ing to get across is we want peo­ple to sup­port the project.

“So far, 280 peo­ple have reg­is­tered their sup­port but it would be great if we could get more so the fun­ders can see the com­mu­nity are be­hind us.

“We’ve had great sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses like Framed In­dul­gence, Burn­side Phar­macy and Ace Place Nurs­ery, and we want to get more busi­nesses in­volved.

“We are def­i­nitely on the home straight, but we’ll need to wait and see.”

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is for the “pro­posed up­grade of ten­nis club fa­cil­i­ties.”

It will in­clude re­plac­ing ex­ist­ing fenc­ing and flood­lights and the pro­vi­sion of a rasied spec­ta­tor plat­form as well as land­scap­ing and as­so­ci­ated works.

Gareth added: “It will be a mod­est build­ing, but it will be pretty com­fort­able and some­where to get changed or shel­ter from the rain.

“We’re hope­fully we will get plan­ning ap­proval in the next few weeks.”

The club have al­ready submitted a grant ap­pli­ca­tion to Sportscot­land with the oth­ers go­ing in be­tween now and Septem­ber.

Burn­side Bowl­ing Club took the de­ci­sion to close the courts in April last year af­ter a dip in mem­ber­ship saw them go into a state of dis­re­pair.

Formed in the 1920s, Burn­side Ten­nis Club had up to 150 mem­bers at its peak in the 1980s and played in the top di­vi­sion of Scot­tish Ten­nis’s gents’ com­pe­ti­tion.

It was seen as a trail­blazer, be­com­ing one of the first in Scot­land to em­brace all-weather courts as well as flood­lights.

RLTC launched a so­cial me­dia cam­paign us­ing the hash­tag # Re­turnToS­plen­dour and a project web­site has be launched at www.Re­turnToS­plen­dour.net pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion.

Run­down This was the sad scene when Burn­side Ten­nis Club shut its doors last year. In­set, Gareth El­lor, pres­i­dent of Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club

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