Renovation for six Thanet public tennis courts in £283k scheme


Thanet council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) are working together to invest in and refurbish public park tennis courts across the isle.

In total, six tennis venues will be renovated, with investment of £255,234 from the government and LTA Tennis Foundation.

Thanet council is investing a further £28,000 in the project, making a combined total investment of £283,234.

The following tennis courts will be renovated:

Spencer Square and Montefiore Games Centre in Ramsgate;

Memorial Recreation Ground, Broadstairs;

Hartsdown Park and Westbrook Games Centre, Margate;

St Mildred’s Games Centre in Westgate-on-Sea.

Work is set to start this month and be completed by the end of April, weather permitting. The courts will be closed to the public during this time. While the work is taking place, the council will look for an experienced operator to lease and manage the courts.

The courts will be renovated, with improved accessibility, new gate-access technology and booking systems

Once renovated, members of the public will be able to book the tennis courts online via the LTA website, subject to a booking fee.

National scheme

The project is part of a £30million investment by the government and LTA Tennis Foundation, to refurbish park tennis courts across Great Britain. The project is being delivered by the LTA, and aims to open up the sport to many more people by ensuring that quality facilities are available for local communities.


Alongside the investment, Thanet District Council and tennis operators will work with the LTA to deliver a range of activities, free of charge, across the park sites.

These are expected to include free weekly organised park tennis sessions for people of all ages, playing levels and experience. Equipment will be provided, meaning that people will not need a tennis partner or their own racket. Local tennis leagues will also provide opportunities to get active through local competition.

Cllr Ruth Duckworth, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, said: “Public tennis courts play an important role in providing opportunities for children and adults to become more active. This partnership will make a big difference to the quality of our sports facilities across the district, and the improved accessibility will open up the sport to more people.

“We’re becoming more and more aware of the significant benefits of regular exercise, to our physical and mental health and to our wellbeing. Delivering a project like this is one way that we can help to improve the wellbeing of our local residents.”

Get active

Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer at the LTA, said: “We are delighted to be working with Thanet District Council to improve their park tennis facilities and provide more opportunities for anyone to pick up a racket and get active. This investment is part of the UK Government and LTA’s Parks Tennis Project and will mean that courts will be available for people to use for years to come.

“We will also be working closely with Thanet District Council to ensure that the local community has a range of accessible opportunities to get on court, and open up our sport to many more people.”


  1. That’s great but will TDC carry on the up keep after the refurbishments in years to come ,l don’t think so ,if TDC put in place a little but offen repair scheme in place for all types of things like this it wouldn’t cost as much as a full refurbishment .

    • “While the work is taking place, the council will look for an experienced operator to lease and manage the courts.”

      Rather looks as though TDC is looking to recoup its pitiful contribution via the lease whilst at the same time distancing itself from any responsibility regarding upkeep etc.

  2. What a great idea, refurbish the tennis courts and fences. Then charge people to use them again. The only problem is people do not like paying. So cue the wire cutters, by tennis players and those dog walkers, that seem to think tennis courts are for off lead dog walking.

  3. Why not sort the tennis courts and cafe down the road from Bethesda medical center, a complete refurbishment and a new person running the cafe could make a big profit for TDC

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