Update on Tuesday, December 9: Work has begun on re-building tennis courts at the Victoria Ground, Uckfield.
Construction is expected to take about six weeks and there will be a further waiting period to allow natural oils in the tarmac to dry out.
Separately, a team at Urban Tennis Foundation, Tim cottingham, Dan Elson and Simon Trott, are busy designing and building a website booking system, along with a coaching plan for 2015.
By the start of February, residents will be able to buy key fobs from the website and start using the new courts.
In late March, when the weather improves, the contractor will return to finish the courts with a two-tone green non-slip paint finish. A formal opening will take place in May.
Our original story of October 15, 2014: Work is to begin on a £76,000 project to re-build tennis courts at the Victoria Ground, Uckfield.
Uckfield Town Council is funding the construction costs but a grant of £5,000 has also been confirmed by Tennis Sussex, the county association. This money will go towards installing key fob access and a web booking system.
It was hoped there would also be a grant from the Lawn Tennis Association. Maresfield-based Le Tennis has worked closely with the town council as the plans have been developed.
A Not for Profit management company has been set up and registered with the Charity Commission. It is called Urban Tennis Foundation.
The tennis courts will include new non-slip surfaces, new perimeter fencing, a practise wall, and secure gate access.
Uckfield Mayor Cllr Ian Smith said: “This is an exciting project for the town and along with the current town centre revitalisation, I feel confident that Uckfield will benefit from this major improvement.”
Deputy Mayor and tennis working group member Jeremy Hallett said: “Bringing quality tennis to Uckfield has been part of our aim to support the broadening sport and leisure opportunities for all in our town.”