A Pinner resident who has campaigned against the introduction of tennis court admission fees has criticised the council after they announced they will press ahead with the plans.
Harrow Council is set to receive £445,000 from the government and the Lawn Tennis Association to pay for the renovation of courts across the borough. While the terms of the grant do not require local authorities to introduce hire charges for the court, local authorities do need to confirm their agreement to a sinking fund, ongoing maintenance costs, and ongoing costs associated with the access gates.
Pinner’s Hugh Brown recently brought a petition with more than 2,000 signatures opposing the plan to the attention of the council.
Hugh told MyLocalNews: “Residents are overwhelmingly against these fees. They [the council] are ignoring the consultation, ignoring the petition, and just carrying on regardless.”
Councillor Jean Lammiman, Harrow Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, said: “We have a fantastic, once-in-a-generation opportunity to revamp our courts after a decade of neglect. We will keep prices as low as possible, with prices for the young and the elderly even lower.”