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Squash Court Heating - Proposed Improvements

Your Squash Committee has been researching the alternatives for improving the temperature of our squash courts. We are pleased to announce a potential solution to keeping the courts warmer in winter and cooler in summer as set out below. One problem in finding a solution is that we are constrained in the choices because the Club is close to the limit of the total current available supply of gas and electricity and the costs of installing a large gas main or a new electricity supply line are exorbitant. With the substantial help of Mike Halls, who is in charge of STSC's House and Grounds, we have concluded that the most attractive alternative is to install air conditioning for both Squash Courts. This should enable us to maintain the courts at above the 150C minimum recommend by the UK Squash Racket Association, even in cold weather, as well as ensuring that condensation does not accumulate on the walls. It should also aid cooling in summer. While this will cost some £9,000 to install, the Management Committee of the Club has considered that it is a worthwhile investment, but has agreed with the squash committee that the court booking fee should be increased by 50p per court to cover the running cost and the depreciation of the units. We are still in discussion with suppliers about the detailed working of such a system and have spoken to other Squash Clubs who have installed air conditioning to learn from their experience. Before we proceed the squash committee would welcome comments from members about this proposal. If you have comments please rely by next weekend (14th March) by email to: Andrew Jennings: Or speak to any of the squash committee members; Ian Bailey, John Darcy, Phil Coleman, Luke Edgecombe, Phil Layton or Andrew Jennings.

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