An expert in the field of ecology has carried out an independent survey on a patch of land at Heigham Park, ahead of the city council’s plans to install new all-weather tennis courts there.
The area has been left to grow for the last nine months following a council decision to provide new facilities at the former grass tennis courts.
The report was commissioned by the council to find out if there had been any changes to the biodiversity and ecology of the site since grass cutting was stopped. The survey was carried out by experts Hopkins Ecology on 20 June 2021 and received by the council in the middle of August, it also included a protected species assessment.
Officers at the city council have reviewed the findings of the report and confirmed that it did not highlight any ecological concerns that would prevent the new tennis courts being built at that location.
The project, originally given the go ahead in February 2017, will now progress as planned and work is due to start this month. It will create three modern, inclusive, hard surface, all-weather, floodlit courts which will deliver new, affordable all-year round sports provision for the local and wider Norwich community.