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Chiswick Back Common Tennis Courts Profit From Wimbledon Tennis Fever

The proposed restoration of the tennis courts on Chiswick Back Common reached game and set but not quite match status this week with the confirmation that the Deputy Prime Ministerís office had given their approval to the plans during Wimbledon fortnight.

The only decision left to be taken is by the councilís Executive Committee before local tennis firm, TFC Leisure, can implement the plans to renew the existing courts and develop new opportunities for tennis on the central Chiswick site.

The approval from the Deputy Prime Minister, required because of the need to create a management contract and construct a new clubhouse on common land, follows hot on the heels from approval by the Open Spaces society.

Peter Thompson, Councillor Turnham Green Ward, said, "I am delighted that the end is finally in sight with the redevelopment of these tennis courts. The local community and Chiswick Area Committee have waited for many years and now we will get the top class facilities that we deserve. It is wonderfully appropriate to be able to welcome this news during the Wimbledon fortnight - hopefully centres like this will encourage some home grown talent to take on the world's best in a few years time!"

TFC Leisure has already started some low level prepatory work on the back common tennis courts, making the existing facilities playable. Further developments, once final approval is given, will see a new community tennis programme for the local community.

June 25, 2003

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