Tuesday 29 June 2004 5.23pm
we have experienced the same problems. I went on Friday to find 5 people waiting, not including ourselves...so total 8 people waiting to get on. One group had been waiting at least 1 hour.
The 'Tennis Coach' (that is what he called himself although all he was doing was hitting a ball back to his clients and sometimes he was doing passing shots which seems strange for a coach) was on the court for at least 2 hours. He was receiving payment from his customers so it def was not a free community service.
Moreover when i approached the guy that uses a court for more than 2 hours just to practice serving TO HIMSELF, things turned a bit nasty and the 'coach', the serving guy and two other lads from the third court started to get very abusive saying they have full rights to the courts and i should sit down and wait my turn.
When the two lads decided to go off, they passed their rackets to two other younger kids and those waiting still had to wait.
It seems they have a little community down there that seems to think they have exclusive rights to the courts and anyone who wants to use their courts has to do so under their conditions.
If anyone else has Tanner Street
Tennis tales, please let us know. I will be approaching the council to hopefully start a booking system, stop 'coaching' on the courts, if necessary start a charging system so the council can recoup some costs and get the courts checked out by the community police so the famous four cant use intimidation to control the courts.
Niall Connolly Wrote:
> Donc (and anyone else similarly inconvenienced)
> As I understand it, anyone carrying on a
> business (ie tennis coaching for payment) on
> Council owned property (ie a public park) must
> obtain a licence from the appropriate department
> of the local authority, in this case the Parks
> If, as a member of the public, you have had to
> wait whilst someone makes money from a free public
> facility, please bring this to the attention of
> the Parks Department at Southwark Council
> Niall Connolly