The council currently operates 11 courts at Queen’s Park, Park Road Padiham, Scott Park and Ightenhill Park. The courts are not bookable and are free to use.
The Lawn Tennis Association surveyed the courts and identified that over £66,000 of capital investment is required to bring all the courts up to a good standard.
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The LTA will make this investment on condition that the board commits to a plan to help sustain the improvements.
The draft plan recommends that the council continue to offer free use of the courts at certain times of the day, with charges to use the courts at other times.
Access would be managed by lockable gates on the courts and an online booking system. The reservation system will mean that people will be able to show up and know that a court is available to them, rather than being taken.
Burnley Leisure would manage the booking system and also work with a national operator to provide training sessions, as well as tennis promotion to help increase attendance.
For sessions that are not free, it is proposed to charge £3 per session, with a £35 subscription.
The money raised will be used to make the tennis courts self-sufficient by covering future operating costs.
Com. Maggie Lishman, executive member of the health and wellbeing council, said: “We plan to continue to have free use while keeping fees as low as possible.
“This way the tennis facilities remain accessible to all while ensuring that there is funding to keep the courts up to standard.
“By doing so, we will also be able to access funding from the LTA to improve the quality of our courts. Similar changes elsewhere in the country have seen an increase in the number of people playing tennis.
The report will be discussed by the board’s review committee before being forwarded to its executive who will make a decision at its meeting on June 14, 2022.