Work on a new set of tennis courts for Leith Links is due to start on the 22nd of July.
The new tennis courts will not be built on the site of the previous tennis courts. Instead they will be built on three of the existing bowling greens. And as well as new tennis courts the project will also see the construction of two new Petanque “pistes.”
The return of tennis to the Links will be welcomed by many – in 2008 the project was proposed as part of the Leith Links Ask consultation project Greener Leith coordinated. More than half of the 550 people who voted in that project said that Tennis courts were a high priority for the links then.
When completed, the tennis courts could increase the chances that the next Andy Murray might be discovered in Leith. There is also a good possibility that a Leith Petanque club may develop as a bit of friendly competition for the existing one in Inverleith Park.
The capital costs of the project have been funded by £44,000 from the City of Edinburgh Council, £30,000 from the Lawn Tennis Association, £1000 from the East of Scotland Lawn Tennis Association and £38,000 from SportScotland.
It is hoped that the new tennis courts will be completed by October.
The site of the old tennis courts is currently being used to store materials and machinery used by contractors involved in repairing Constitution Street.
Longer term, council officials have a plan to convert the old tennis court site into allotments, as all the other nearby sites are massively over subscribed.