Air Dome Update 11 January 2020

11 January 2020

If you have been down to the Club in the last few weeks you will have noticed that 2 substantial sized trees have been removed – this is the first phase of the work needed to enable the dome to be erected this coming September.

The next step is to plant the 6 large trees (approx 5m high) which we agreed would compensate for the loss of the those which were felled. This will happen next week and should not affect tennis. Thanks to those who have sponsored these trees.

We will then convert the floodlighting on courts 3 and 4 to LED lights and this is pencilled in for the w/c 17th February subject to the new lamps having been delivered the previous week. The work is scheduled to take 3-4 days and hopefully will not affect tennis although it is possible that the lights on one court will not be working on one or more evenings.

The final part of the jigsaw is then to remove the fencing around courts 3 and 4, excavate a trench all the way around the courts, form a concrete plinth, install new fencing and a create a new pathway. This a major undertaking and is likely to take at least a week when courts 3 and 4 will be unavailable for play. The work is scheduled for the w/c 2 March.

All these dates are of course subject to weather restrictions but the work has been scheduled to ensure that the courts are all available for play by mid March thus allowing match practices to commence at the beginning of April as in previous years.

There will be some minor additional work done during the summer months but this will not affect tennis and everything should then be in place to allow the air dome to be erected at the end of September..

Over the coming months the Committee will be investigating the optimum booking/payment system and considering how best to implement such a scheme.

Further information about this will follow in the next month or so.