Long wait

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 12:00am

I love playing tennis and about a year ago, I wrote to the Kowloon City Office (part of the old Urban Services Department) to complain about the state of the surface of the two practice courts at Kowloon Tsai Park.

I was told that the surface was still in a reasonable condition and was usable, but that once funds were available the necessary repairs would be undertaken. A few months later the adjacent tennis courts were resurfaced, but nothing has yet been done about the practice courts.

Now, the resurfaced courts are being dug up again, for the laying of wiring which will provide better floodlights. While I welcome the introduction of better lighting, it saddens me that so much money was spent laying down a new surface, only to have it removed a few months later. And all this time, not a cent has been spent on the practice courts.

I have made further inquiries and been told that because there are fewer bookings for the practice courts, their renovation work gets lower priority.

However, officials should consider the possibility that tennis lovers and beginners might be reluctant to book a session, because the surface is in such a poor state.

It would cost much less to resurface the practice courts than it has cost to do work on the playing courts.

LAU YING-YU Kowloon City