A charge of £7.20 per hour to use the tennis courts in the Memorial Park (It’s Wimbledon – Want To Play? That Will Cost £7.20 An Hour) What? You cannot be serious! Canterbury City Council’s continual inroads into taxpayers pockets and contemptuous avoidance of any consultation never lets up: Witness Westgate Towers, Kingsmead Field, beach hut owners… the list goes on. Key codes were installed on the court gates some time ago but only now are residents’ suspicions that charging was on its way have been confirmed. Just because a charge exists in Whitstable doesn’t automatically justify charging in Herne Bay. Usage of these courts will probably decline paving the way for a sell-off or removal of the courts. This coming after developers grants have paid for resurfacing is another bitter pill to swallow. We need free public courts to encourage the take-up of healthy exercise. The city council’s slash-and-burn approach where the benefit of amenities is placed out of reach of many just makes it very difficult, if not impossible, should a new ruling group emerge after next year’s local elections, to restore these amenities free at the point of use.
Cllr Brian Macdowall (UKIP) County councillor for Herne Bay, Greenhill Gardens, Herne Bay
Herne Bay Gazette, July 3rd 2014