I read with interest Freddie Drabble’s informative letter about the town’s historic Futurist theatre and wish to add my dismay and sadness at the way in which Scarborough Tennis Club, who also have significant history in the town as the best and oldest tennis club, has been treated by the council.
The council do not realise what prestige and honour that has benefitted the town pre-Wimbledon, with tennis players like Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad and many other top stars of their generation playing on the beautiful grass courts at Filey Road, now a home for nesting pigeons, and totally neglected, over many years.
With our Andy Murray now No.1 in the world, we should be inspiring and encouraging younger players for the future. It should be the responsibility of the council to ensure this club continues with their top performers in many league games and the developers should have been made aware of this in the first instance. It is totally thoughtless leaving the best tennis players in Scarborough without a secure base due to a lack of future planning.
The Weaponness Road sports facility would have suited the club well both in situation and also in encouraging players from other sporting activities such as football (which appears to have been given priority) an opportunity to partake or join the tennis club.
Scarborough Tennis Club seems to have been very unfortunate through total neglect at maintaining the courts at Filey Road.
They have been unable to apply for grants either from Sport England or the Lawn Tennis Association because they are controlled by the council from whom they rent the courts.
An enormous amount of harm has been done with little chance of survival and needs to be re-addressed now.