The cost of playing tennis at council-run courts in the borough of Greenwich is set to go up.
The prices, which are already high in comparison to neighbouring boroughs, will rise in line with inflation meaning that the cost for adults will be up to £7.30 per hour for the use of a court.
Players at Plumstead Common, where charging hasn't been in operation, have been shocked to discover that they too will now be paying the charge.
One contributor commented, "Really poor decision. They should be encouraging participation in sports rather than creating barriers. £7.30 and yet there are no facilities whatsoever."
Another added, "the courts are so poor[.] not even level they must be joking"
A Greenwich Council Spokesperson said:
"Up until this year, fees for parks and leisure facilities had been frozen for the previous two years. However, all fees for parks and leisure facilities are reviewed annually by the council and it has been decided that tennis court fees will rise this year by inflation. This will apply from 1st April to all tennis courts across the borough, not just at Plumstead Common."
Discounted rates will remain for junior players and Greenwich Card holders.
The tennis courts in Greenwich Park, which are not operated by the Council, are also increasing to an eye-watering £9.00 per hour for adults at peak times.
Whilst Olympic host borough Greenwich, which also plays host to the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2, is pushing up its prices, tennis remains free of charge at courts run by Lewisham Council and its contractor, Glendale.
Players can also enjoy tennis for free at courts in the borough of Bexley such as at Danson Park.
New Greenwich Council Prices
Adults per hour- £7.30
Adults per hour (Greenwich card holder) - £6.60
Juniors per hour - £4.70
Juniors per hour (Greenwich card holder) - £4.20