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Hundreds sign up to save historic Brighton tennis site
9:30am Monday 15th July 2013 in News
Hundreds of residents have called for a tennis club to be protected from the bulldozers.
A campaign was started when The Badgers club, which has played near St Mark’s Church, Kemp Town, Brighton, since 1895, was told it must pay more than double the rent or move out.
To protect the land from a housing development, 470 people have signed a petition against the scheme.
This calls on Brighton and Hove City Council to ensure the site is protected and retained for sporting and leisure purposes in the future.
Ward councillor Gill Mitchell said: “The strength of local opinion against the loss of this club to housing development is reflected in the huge number of signatures on this petition.
“Instead of trying to cram housing onto these courts the new owners have a great opportunity to be the owners of an historic and successful tennis club that wants to make a real contribution to the future of tennis in Brighton and Hove, especially by encouraging more young people to play.”
Coun Mitchell will present the petition to the city’s mayor Denise Cobb at a town hall meeting on Thursday.
The club’s courts are some of the earliest tennis courts in Brighton having
been originally part of the Marquis of Bristol’s estate.
However, ownership of the club and its courts changed hands in 2010 and, shortly afterwards, proposals were put forward for the site to be developed for housing.
These were made public and pre- sented to the owner’s architects in May.
Currently no planning application for the site has been submitted to the local authority.
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