Attention: Users of Dukes Meadows Tennis

As you may be aware our planning application to retain the tennis dome during the summer months at Dukes Meadows was refused by the London Borough of Hounslow in November last year.

In January we challenged the Borough’s refusal through the submission of an appeal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, inviting him to overturn the decision made by the council. Subsequently the council served an enforcement notice requiring the dome to be removed and we have appealed this notice too.We have now had confirmation that these two appeals will be heard together through a public inquiry before an independent inspector. I have appointed a leading Counsel to conduct our appeals supported by expert witnesses.

If we are unsuccessful at appeal our play and coaching provision will be vulnerable to the uncertainty of the British summer weather, with the council requiring us to remove the dome between 15th April and 15th October each year, with its reinstatement permitted over the autumn and winter months.

I am aware that many of you have written to the council in the past supporting our planning applications and your continued support through the use of the centre is much appreciated. This appeal is the final hurdle in our campaign to secure year-round long-term permission for the dome. If we are succesful in gaining a firm approval from the Secretary of State, we will be able to focus our energies on improving our excellent facilities and building on our first class coaching. As a user and supporter of Dukes Meadows should you be so minded, please write to the Secretary of State, via the Planning Inspectorate, to lend your support to this critical appeal to secure the future of our tennis facilities.

Any previous comments you may have made will not preclude you from submitting further comments to this appeal, or indeed reiterating your previous comments.

You may wish to highlight your experience of the centre and the dome, the benefits it provides to the community and the advantages of having covered courts during summer months. Similarly you may wish to comment on any impact that may arise by the dome being taken down between April and October. It is entirely up to you what representation you may wish to make to the Secretary of State.

Written representations should be made by 23 July 2015 to:

Kevin Carpenter The Planning Inspectorate Room 3/23a Temple Quay House 2 The Square Bristol BS1 6PN

Or by email to: Please quote the appeal reference: APP/F5540/C/15/3067595 in any correspondence. Please cc office@dukesmeadows.comThank you again for your continued support.

Stephen Marks