Major drainage project at much-loved Old Town tennis courts

By Barrie Hudson - 6 March 2024


South Swindon Parish Council has announced that specialist drainage work has begun at the Quarry Road Tennis Courts.

The courts, which in 2023 saw £140,000 in renovations funded by the parish council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), have experienced significant drainage issues that have prevented their use.

The courts had undergone foundation, surfacing and painting work in preparation for a 2023 reopening timed with Wimbledon. 

However, drainage problems much more severe than anticipated forced the closure of the new courts soon after opening to the public. The tennis courts are situated in one of the lowest points in Old Town and suffer from water run-off from Quarry Road and the Town Gardens. 

The council appointed a specialist drainage engineer to design a solution, and the contractor will follow this design to complete the work.

Once the work is complete, the Quarry Road Tennis Courts will be managed by the National Tennis Association, who also oversee the St Marks Tennis Courts in North Swindon. 

Cllr Neil Hopkins, Chair of South Swindon Parish Council, said: “We are pleased to share that after a lengthy process of assessing the drainage problems and finding an appropriate contractor, work has commenced to properly address the standing water and other drainage challenges faced at the site.”

We know this has been frustrating for residents eager to use the courts, and we appreciate everyone's patience as we complete the work. 

"It’s been frustrating for everyone concerned and I’m delighted that work can now take place.”

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