The good news is that the four tennis courts in Horsham Park are going to be refreshed with new fences, surface and court markings. This work is being carried out in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association according to a press release on Horsham District Council’s site. For a while the tennis courts have been free to use but they will now cost £6:00 an hour (the bad news) which will ‘ensure that players are guaranteed use of a court at their chosen time and will ensure that the courts can be maintained to a quality standard’.
The charges have been put in place for the schools’ summer holidays and are managed via an online booking system. The courts will be refurbished after the holidays to ensure minimum disruption during the busy summer period. So the tennis playing public will need to pay for the courts before they get refurbished. Hey ho; tennis is not my sport but it does seem to be the wrong way around. Fifteen: Love to Horsham District Council.
And just when you thought it could not get any worse HDC are describing this as a make-over; a phrase that has no sense in relationship to this refurbishment. So that’s another American phrase infiltrating the English language.