Residents need to have all the relevant facts for clay courts

Re: Tennis court planners fire volley at opponent (News, Oct. 18)

Re: Tennis court planners fire volley at opponent (News, Oct. 18)

I have been following with great interest the proposal put forth by a local group to build a clay tennis court facility on land adjacent to the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre.

After attending the information meeting last year and reading literature provided by the Clay Court society, I understand this facility would be run as a public-private partnership.

Such an operation would be similar to the hugely successful squash club currently operating out of the rec centre, which allows both private membership and members of the general public access to the facility.

Other successful partnerships with Saanich include soccer, baseball, lawn bowling and community garden allotments.

The clay court group has a website which provides the facts and details associated with their proposal, and has been sending progress updates as the project works its way through various levels of approval from the municipality.

What I am unable to understand is why a local group that has been vocally opposed to this proposal, from the moment it appeared on their radar, has supported their opposition with inaccurate claims and a campaign of misinformation.

It seems their aim is to terrify local residents with the prospect of utter neighbourhood devastation or an elitism that will rip our community harmony apart.

If someone is opposed to a local project, they should absolutely be able to express their concerns, but they should arm themselves with facts in order to make their point.

Preventing a potentially wonderful facility like this from being built because the person next to you is yelling loudly that they don’t want it, without informing yourself of the facts (and questioning why they are yelling so loudly) does everyone a disservice.

It allows us to be led by those who will say whatever they want to get what they want, regardless of the truth.

Rose Del Rosario

Saanich