Q&A for New Glass House and Path at MLTC

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These are the questions either asked or suggested at the member Q&A session, on Tues 26 April, via Zoom:

  • When will the work be taking place?
    • It is starting on Tuesday 3 May and is expected to last 9 weeks until 8 July 2022.
  • What is happening?
    • There is a new patio being installed on the side of the bar area, with an increase in the height and width of the brick wall and a widening of the existing patio. Then the metal ‘glass house’ frame will be installed onto this patio.
    • The ‘glass house’ will be open to the brick wall and clubhouse but have doors to both sides of the patio.
    • These doors will be unlocked as normal, allowing for easy access to get out of the rain or sun and still be able to see the courts.
    • Once the patio for the ‘glass house’ has been installed, then the paving all the way from the entrance gate to the clay courts is being replaced.
  • How will this affect me as a member?
    • The access paths to the courts and the clubhouse will be changing over the weeks, to accommodate the builders and their needs as they progress the works.
    • Please pay close attention to the posters and notices on the entrance gate and in the clubhouse.
  • Will the clubhouse be open for use?
    • Yes, the clubhouse, bar, kitchen and changing rooms will continue to be open the entire time and we foresee no reason for them to be out of action due to the works.
  • What safety measures will be in place?
    • The builders will be clearly signposting and providing barriers to identify the path available for use.
    • There may be a need for the member's path to cross over the builder's path in a similar fashion to a train crossing.
      • Where this happens, the temporary movement of the barriers to enable crossing will be managed by the builders.
  • Is there anything the members can’t do during this time?
    • There is to be no trespassing on the builder's area, not to get a ball or to have a look or for any reason.
    • Anyone found or seen to have broken this rule, will be spoken with and may have their membership suspended for a period.
    • It is not only against health and safety to cross these barriers but it may void the construction and club insurances in place for all concerned, were something to happen.
  • Who do I contact if I have any queries or questions?
  • Will access to the courts be affected?
    • The paths to the courts may need to be put out of use for a short period but we intend to keep another route to the courts, open at all times.
  • Will any of the matches, coaching or events be cancelled?
    • There is no expectation of a clash between the works and any scheduled events.
    • If for some reason a clash does occur, the works will have primacy and the event or coaching session/ match will be cancelled.
  • How is this being paid for?
    • The club have significant reserves and in the last year, the Treasurer, Tom Brooksbank, has been assigning these funds to particular expected tasks, court refurbishment, clubhouse maintenance, etc. He has been able to free up the money for this work from funds that will not be needed for some time and can be replenished before they are required.
  • Will membership fees need to increase to cover this cost?
    • With the refurbishment inside the club and these works outside, it is possible the membership fees will need to increase to help replenish the funds.
  • Will the car park be affected?
    • Yes, there will be varying capacity in the car park throughout the works. At times we will need to block the whole car park off for deliveries, at other times we may be able to allow some vehicles to park in.
  • Can we have an outdoor barbeque installed as part of these works?
    • There is under paving ducting being installed, this will allow flexibility in the future for additional cables or pipework if wanted.
  • What will the new patio/ paving look like?
    • It is an outdoor porcelain tile in a dark grey, they are large-format 1195 x 595mm
  • What will be inside the ‘glass house’?
    • There will be new patio furniture, some heating, lighting and not much else. There may be electrical sockets.