Club hopes council faults on house plans

Caroline Wylie and Sam Johnstone with some of the objection letters

Caroline Wylie and Sam Johnstone with some of the objection letters

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More than 180 individual letters have been submitted objecting to plans to turn Penicuik Tennis Club’s courts over to housing.

Midlothian Council’s proposed development plan has earmarked the land at Kirkhill for residential development.

Penicuik Tennis Club secretary Caroline Wylie said: “we are not objecting to the development of residential units on the rest of the site but a lot of adults and children enjoy using these tennis courts for lessons, competitions and social events as well as playing tennis with their family and friends.

“The tennis club is a community asset and we really hope that the council will listen to the people of Penicuik who want to retain the tennis courts for use by Penicuik Tennis Club.”

Sam Johnstone, a member of the 14 and under Penicuik Tennis Club boys’ team added: “I really enjoy playing tennis for my team and don’t want to have to give it up.”

The tennis club has the support of Tennis Scotland and Sport Scotland.