OPERATION "Greenway" has provided Sandhurst with a first-class sports centre.

All weather tennis courts and a multi-use games area have been provided at the centre, based at the town's community school, at a cost of £580,000.

Improved drainage has been installed at the sports ground, putting an end to waterlogged pitches which were often unplayable. The centre entrance has been re-designed and security has been boosted with the aid of CCTV cameras and car park lighting.

Travelling to and from the centre, and adjoining youth centre, has also been made safer with the provision of a footpath and cycleway route.

This "Greenway" route links Branksome Hill Road and Owlsmoor Road via the school's southern playing field.The four year project is the result of a combined effort involving local councillors, residents and the police.

Bracknell Forest Mayor, Coun. Dorothy Hayes, performed the opening ceremony last week. She said: "This is a fine example of a community partnership project. The sports facilities are excellent."

The project got underway after complaints about noise and vandalism at the site.Those who helped mastermind the improvements are confident those problems are now in the past.