Salthouse Field Tennis Courts to remain Closed

Submitted on 19 May 2020 by Paula Heath


Clevedon Town Council has taken into consideration all the government guidelines issued over the last week and the Guidelines from LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) which apply primarily to clubs where control of users, and hygiene measures are available. After considering all the current facts the Council has taken the decision that they cannot open the tennis courts safely for all residents. The overriding consideration is the safety of ALL therefore the Courts remain closed. The decision will be reviewed and monitored on a regular basis and the courts opened as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Council appreciates the comments made by the Prime Minister and although Tennis is a sport mentioned,  in the Governments Strategy, issued on the 11th May it also states  ‘those responsible for public places being able to put appropriate measures in place to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidance.’

  • North Somerset has been fortunate to have a low infection rate, but with the opening of travel by the Government for visitors from other areas, some of which may not have such a low rate, we can see an increased capacity for infection.
  • There are no hand washing and sanitising facilities at the Tennis Courts. The nearest toilets are the other side of the Bowling Green. There is no secure storage facilities and no member of staff available to be in attendance during playing hours (sun-up to sun-set) to hand out the appropriate equipment, gloves and hand sanitiser or to undertake the regular cleaning required in the regulations.
  •  We cannot ensure a 2-meter distancing in the or around the courts. nor can we ensure players are from the same household or only one member from another household.

There are several shared use hot spots, areas where it possible to transmit the virus from one person to another. Remember not all carriers show symptoms.

  • GATES We do not have the facilities to clean between each user who access the courts.
  • BENCHES we do not have the facility to clean the benches or to remove them as suggested by the LTA.
  • NETS these should be raised and lowered at the start and end of the game LTA advises leaving them taught at the right hight, this will reduce the lifespan of the nets.
  • COURT SURFACE sweat/saliva will be dropped on the courts with a life span of several hours the virus could be picked up on balls, bags, shoes, and any clothing on the floor.

UPDATE 1st July 2020.

In respect of the Tennis Courts at the Salthouse Field we are constantly reviewing the situation in line with Government Guidelines as published, as well as the LTA guidelines which relate to clubs and booked courts,.  NSTA who use the Councils Courts have been kept well informed of all measures and guidelines that the Council must operate under.

I would draw you attention to the latest guidelines in respect of sport facilities on the governments guidance “coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation”

Timetable for reopening
You should only reopen or restart activities as soon as you feel able to do so safely. Until you feel it is safe and responsible to reopen you should remain closed.

Keeping facilities and equipment clean
Cleaning protocols should be put in place to limit coronavirus transmission in public places. It is advised that touch points (e.g. handrails and gates) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning.
Frequent cleaning of work areas and equipment between use, using your usual cleaning products, is advised. As is clearing workspaces and removing waste and belongings from work areas at the end of shifts.

This is duplicated by the LTA guidance. We do not have the facility to undertake the requisite cleaning programme. Clevedon Town Council will open the courts when it can safety do so for all members of the public as required under the terms of the lease.

Any queries please contact the Town Clerk on 01275877815,