In response to BBC news article quote below on 17th FEB 2013
“Manchester City Council said it had “listened carefully to the concerns of the local community”.
Four tennis courts will now be built, rather than the proposed six.”
Councillor Nigel Murphy said: “The environmental benefits of the park were important to many local residents and so the decision to reduce the number of tennis courts and to retain some of the wooded wetland was made.”
If you look at the cutting of wetland film this doesn’t look like retaining wooded wetland . The wooded area was planned to be cut and little has changed.
The number of Tennis courts were already reduced to 4 from 6 initially in a Council letter to a local resident attached on 18 AUGUST 2011 resident
so why does it sound like you have just made a compromise in the press now. And thank you for listening then although it says “in the short term” in the letter and how long will trees be left alone when leaves get on courts and complaints about sunlight and shadows from the very tall trees making it difficult to track the ball except at midday ! Sorry I don’t think you have chosen the right place for tennis courts
-Trees will always be in conflict and I suspect the trees will loose out just like the clear cutting of the Peace Garden did a few weeks ago in city center. How many of the people of Manchester did you consult about their Peace Garden (seem familiar story).
Would the Council be willing to put tree protection orders on all the trees around the courts that they are willing to save now after listening to the people ? That would be really listening.
Are you to really willing to Listen and act on this request for TPO’s.
and as far as the lake goes with nesting herons would you be willing to hear we don’t want the beautiful trees cut down around the lake with out really talking and listening to what we want?
Letter sent by email 18 August 2011 to local resident
From Manchester City Council Leisure Services department
Telephone: +44 (0)161 220 3840
Mobile: 07765 238360
Manchester Tennis Centre
Sportcity Way, Manchester, M11 3FF
Alexandra Park Tennis Courts
With regards to your e-mail dated 16th August 2011.
With reference to our originally response we indicated that planning permission was submitted for a 6 tennis court facility, however we are planning to construct a 4 court facility with a view of increasing to 6 if there is the demand. In the short term this will reduce the number of trees that were originally earmarked for removal.……
Darren Ashton – Manchester Tennis Development Officer