CONCERNS are growing amongst residents in Wrexham over plans to extend the tennis centre. 

Plans were submitted to Wrexham Council in August, seeking permission for a raft of improvements, upgrades and additions at the centre off Plas Coch Road.

These include new padel tennis courts, two additional outdoor courts, more floodlighting and a resurfacing of all outdoor courts.

If approved, the development would mean an extension to the site, which backs onto Ashfield Park. 

However, nearby residents are becoming increasingly frustrated that further developments would take away more green space at the park. 

A petition has been set up and now locals are wanting to make their voices heard. 

Hayley Atakan says she remembers Ashfield Park being a hub for local people with a number of football pitches and a cricket pitch on site. 

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She said: "The park is used a lot by a lot of people and if they keep taking more land there will be nothing left. 

"We as residents have no issues with the improvements that need completing, but the floodlights and new courts would take up more space in the park as well as increased noise and sound pollution. 

"It's a constant fight really and most of us are pretty annoyed at this point, we don't know what else we can do about it. 

"There seem to be so many different plans for new houses and new developments which is taking up all this green space, there's going to be no fields left in Wrexham soon."

A spokesperson for Wrexham Tennis Centre said: "The building is in reasonably desperate need of a refurb to put us in a position to run for the next 15 to 20 years. 

"We're not a big private company looking to make money, we're run by a number of volunteer trustees and we want it to be somewhere everyone is proud of. 

"There are hopes that through the funding we've received, we can make the centre a venue to host high-grade events here, which in turn will bring revenue to Wrexham, and to do so we need to move the courts around to meet regulations."

A spokesperson for Wrexham Council said: “Any representations received in response will be considered by the Council before it is determined.”