TENNIS courts in Renfrew and Paisley could be given a new lease of life if an application for funding is approved.

The facilities at Robertson Park and Brodie Park have been earmarked for a potential cash injection.

Renfrewshire Council has submitted a bid in principle for money from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) which would pay for refurbishment work.

The national governing body of tennis is also reviewing whether it would be feasible to revamp courts in Johnstone.

A report which will be presented at a meeting of the council's infrastructure, land and environment policy board on Wednesday states that detailed surveys have been completed at Robertson Park and Brodie Park to assess what refurbishment work is needed.

Should LTA funding be secured, One Ren, which manages local sports facilities on behalf of the council, would be responsible for maintaining the courts after the upgrades have been carried out.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, who represents Renfrew North and Braehead for the SNP, has welcomed the funding bid and said she is in “regular dialogue" with council officers.

“I also raised it with Gavin Newlands MP, who has been supportive," she added. “Officers are now working through the bid process with LTA.

“If our bid is successful, it will see the courts refurbished.”

Councillor Bruce MacFarlane, who represents Paisley Southeast, added: “The tennis courts at Brodie Park are well used by the community. However, they are clearly requiring investment and this was something that was a key priority for myself following my election.

“The pandemic has emphasised how important sport can be for our mental and physical health but we have to ensure that sporting provision is locally accessible and of a high standard to promote the use of sporting facilities.

“I am therefore delighted that the detailed survey work on Brodie Park tennis courts has now been completed and a bid submitted in principle to the Lawn Tennis Association following necessary council approvals, which would bring much-needed investment to our courts.

“I would urge the LTA to seriously consider our bid to bring this investment to our tennis courts, which would bring them back to a high standard.”