Saturday, 23 June 2018

Hockey club upset at pitch rent rise

HENLEY Hockey Club has critcised the town council for increasing its rent.

HENLEY Hockey Club has critcised the town council for increasing its rent.

The club has been paying £5,300 a year to use the artificial pitch at Jubilee Park, off Reading Road, which has floodlights.

Now that has been raised by almost £800 to £6,095.

Club chairman Chris Baker said the club was being punished for being well managed financially and that if it had been in a “desperate” state the council’s rent review would have been more favourable.

Mr Baker told a council meeting on Tuesday: “In terms of the rent review, I am still annoyed about it but I have curbed my temper.



“I’m disappointed because this started over a year ago and it has only been explained to me in the last week. We will pay it but I want someone to talk it through with me.”

He said the rent represents about seven per cent of the club’s subscription income.

Mr Baker also said he would like clarification on who is responsible for the artificial pitch.

He said: “We’re really interested in looking after it but you can’t blame us when it goes wrong and say ‘it’s a community pitch’. We should know the situation one way or the other. Is it a community pitch or our pitch?”

Town councillor Sam Evans said: “We have been having discussions on all the issues around Jubilee Park. We will be asking for contributions from AFC Henley and the hockey club.”



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