New security fence will unveil best kept secret in Spalding

Juniors take a break during Saturday's coaching. SG230116-145TW
Juniors take a break during Saturday's coaching. SG230116-145TW
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A new fence could be installed to deter intruders from causing damage at a town sports club.

It will also unveil Spalding’s “best kept secret” – the tennis club in Holyrood Walk, which is inviting people from all walks of life to join its growing membership.

The view from the roadside - the fence will be open rather than have the 'solid' look in this computer image.

The view from the roadside - the fence will be open rather than have the 'solid' look in this computer image.

The club hopes to replace dense hedging with a smart, green perimeter fence, associated netting and low maintenance planting, and has applied for planning consent from the district council.

Club chairman John Constable says the club has had several incidents of vandalism and trespass, resulting in courts being locked when not in use.

There have been break-ins at the club room and recently entry was made through a forced gap in the roadside hedge.

He said: “We believe we need to be more visible to the local population in a numbers of ways – the tennis club is probably Spalding’s best kept secret.

The open-style fence will allow people to see the tennis courts.

The open-style fence will allow people to see the tennis courts.

“The hedge has grown far too big to significantly cut it back and maintain any sort of secure boundary – it is nearly 2m thick in some places.”

Because the hedge is so dense, police have advised the club that it’s unlikely passers-by will spot intruders and Mr Constable says the hedge means some people don’t even know the club exists.

Making the club more visible through the proposed open-style fence is expected to deter trespassers.

Installing a fence will also significantly cut maintenance costs.

This computer generated image shows how the fence will look from the club grounds.

This computer generated image shows how the fence will look from the club grounds.

In the last 12 months, Spalding Town Tennis Club has resurfaced three of its acrylic hard courts and installed security lighting at a total cost of £25,000.

Mr Constable said: “As a committee we are trying to maintain and improve our facilities so that an increasing number of residents in and around the town can enjoy some of the best tennis facilities in the county.”

He says tennis isn’t the preserve of the middle class.

“All you need (to play) are a pair of trainers, a bit of clothing and a racket, they are all pretty inexpensive commodities,” he said. “Playing tennis in Spalding is not an expensive occupation – senior membership currently at £95 per year means than some members who regularly play two or three times a week pay between 65p and 90p per session. Junior membership starts at less than a third of that.”

The hedge that's hiding Spalding Tennis Club from view. SG230116-137TW

The hedge that's hiding Spalding Tennis Club from view. SG230116-137TW

Play during a junior coaching session on Saturday. SG230116-139TW

Play during a junior coaching session on Saturday. SG230116-139TW

Eye on the ball - action from junior coaching on Saturday. SG230116-143TW

Eye on the ball - action from junior coaching on Saturday. SG230116-143TW