1,400 sign for squash courts

MHRA 26-01-12 SQUASH Jan70'Squash players handing petition to Cllr Heather Timms - as squash courts not included in new Ken Marriott Leisure Centre rebuild .
MHRA 26-01-12 SQUASH Jan70'Squash players handing petition to Cllr Heather Timms - as squash courts not included in new Ken Marriott Leisure Centre rebuild .
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SQUASH players have collected a petition of nearly 1,400 names in their campaign for new courts to be included when the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre is rebuilt.

They handed it to Rugby Borough Councillor Heather Timms (portfolio holder for economy, development and culture) at the town hall on Thursday and hope it will sway their decision.

The full council will meet to discuss the final plans on Wednesday, although the press and public will be excluded.

There are five squash courts in the current centre and the players would be very happy with three, but the council say their budget will not stretch to any.

Instead they suggest the 100 league and many other social players, who use the courts on average 900 times a month, use Rugby School’s three courts or the Ryton Connexion.

The squash players have also complained to the Local Government Ombudsman because they believe the consultation was poorly conducted.

Spokesman Leigh Nicholas said: “We hope the council will redo their homework so they find out squash is very much required in the new centre.

“We want them to reconsider their decision and look at other options that would include squash, not just sweep the issue under the carpet as we feel they have done now.”

Cllr Timms said: “I have received the petition and the council will make its decision based on all the facts on February 8.”

Cllr Bill Lewis, whose Caldecott Ward includes the leisure centre said: “My role has been to facilitate meetings for the squash players, enabling them speak to all the people they need to.”

Anyone still wishing to sign the petition can do so at: www.petitiononline.co.uk and search under squash.