Wednesday 11 March 2015 1.52am
I had to laugh when I saw the article here at SE1 with Ben Johnson
's comments about not being able to discover the next Andy Murray or suddenly overweight kids not getting options for exercise. Andy Murray was taking private tennis lessons at age 3 and most young people who go on to be tennis stars are not discovered on neighbourhood courts. I don't play Tennis but I do sit in the park often and I can't think of a time I saw an overweight youth playing tennisat Tanner Street
. The people who use those courts are predominantly grown ups in their mid-20s and older. If you're complaining about a policy at least get your facts straight.
I don't think it's unreasonable to have a use tax on discretionary activities that cost the council money. Free checkout jump ropes and resistance bands are far more cost effective and probably more health promoting than tennis if the purpose of the courts is to promote a healthy populace. Free Tai Chi sessions as in China would be useful. The Tennis courts are a service to a small fraction of the neighbourhood population who are generally of certain means and asking them to pay a few quid towards their upkeep seems perfectly reasonable to me, I bet it's perfectly reasonable to a large number of users of those courts too.