The project to restore the run
down tennis courts at Hillside has a chairman who is urging residents to come forward to help so the facility is not lost.
Scott Fraser has agreed to be the acting chairman of the Hillside Sports Project.
He said: “The deterioration of the Hillside Tennis Courts to a level that is beyond repair without significant investment has led to concern within the local community about the potential loss of amenities within the village.
“Councillors David May and Bill Duff have been at the forefront of the formation of a group of local residents to identify potential options.
“The tennis courts have been a part of Hillside life since 1928 as a joint project with the adjacent bowling green. It is recognised that simply replacing the tennis courts is not a viable option given the excellent tennis facility in Montrose. The preferred option is to replace the current blaes tennis surface that is very difficult to maintain and is not appropriate for other sports, with a multi-purpose surface suitable for a wide range of sports.
“The main focus of the group is to ascertain the local community’s response to the situation, gauge the potential usage of a multi-purpose facility and undertake a cost analysis of all potential options.
“The initial focus however is on whether there is enough will within the local community to support a development of the tennis courts into what is envisaged as a fantastic opportunity for the development of what is rapidly becoming an eyesore, the alternative to which will be the loss of a facility that many of those in the local community grew up with.
“Currently, a very small group of local people have expressed their interest in supporting the project and unless others within the local community become involved it is feared that the project will lose impetus and the tennis courts will be lost.
“We have now started a Facebook page as social media seems to be the best way of informing the younger local community of what is happening and in the first 24 hours there were more than 200 visitors to the page which is fantastic.”
There is a meeting on Monday (June 16) at 7 p.m. in the Hillside Church to form a committee. For more, visit www.facebook.com/hillsidesportsproject.