The recent grant funding application to Sports Scotland’s ‘Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund’ for Leith Links tennis courts has been successful with a grant of £38,000 awarded. This is in addition to funding from The Tennis Foundation Places to Play, the British Tennis Fund, the Lawn Tennis Association and the East of Scotland Tennis Association. The total external funding contribution is £69,000, with the total spend estimated at £113,000. Edinburgh Councils will provide £20,000 from Culture and Sports Pitches and Pavilions budget. A tender is now being prepared for this work with the aim of starting works on site in July 2013. Hopefully the courts will be ready for use in September.
The contract will deliver three Tennis Courts which will be blue with a light green surround. As an aid to tennis development some of the courts will also be marked for red mini tennis and orange tennis to encourage younger players and help coaching. As part of the Tennis work a Petanque court will be constructed delivering 2 piste playing surfaces.
Once completed the courts will be run by Edinburgh Leisure who will operate tennis programmes to provide coaching opportunities for local people.
While this work is ongoing a compound will be set up in the old tennis courts to facilitate the works. We have also agreed to share this compound with the contractors working on Constitution Street as part of the Leith Programme. They will start using the old tennis courts from the 26April until August with the contractors for the tennis courts on site until September provisionally.
There are also some other park improvement works that have been completed recently:
- Planting of 13 new trees
- Replacement litter bins
- A digitised survey of benches (A new bench has also been ordered to replace the bench damaged during the Mela event).
- The pavement outside St Mary’s Primary School has been re-surfaced and the cycle-way has been extended.
- There has also been some localised pathway repairs and re-surfacing works
Planning permission has also been granted for the John Rattray statue to be built on Leith Links. The Bill to allow the statue to be built still has to go before Parliament before the statue can be installed. We will keep the Steering Group updated on progress.
The Children’s Orchard
Remember the weather in March? Greener Leith held a couple of maintenance days at the Children’s Orchard. Ben & Jenny from the Botanics gave a demonstration to local volunteers on fruit tree pruning. Volunteers also did some great work to tidy up this area including re-staking of trees, mulching and tidying of the hedge. Apparently the orchard supports a healthy community of voles!