December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Talks have been held to try to curb a trend of anti-social behaviour during a popular summer tennis tournament.
A meeting was held between organisers of Hunstanton’s Tennis Week and agencies, including West Norfolk Borough Council, the National Trust and Norfolk Constabulary, to agree on measures to ensure next year’s competition runs smoothly.
In August complaints were received about the behaviour of some of the young people who were in the area during tennis week.
Groups of teenagers gathered on Brancaster beach and in the village and residents complained about the amount of noise and broken glass.
At the meeting all parties agreed that the annual event, which has taken place in Hunstanton for the last 87 years, is important for the town and it was decided that a more proactive approach was needed around preparation for the event and clean up in order to reduce any potential impact on other visitors and residents.
Tournament organiser Chris Holt, who has been running the event for 39 years, said: “We are very optimistic about next year. We will have another meeting before next year’s tournament to see what can be done.
“They are talking of having security on the beach but then who pays the cost for it so we will have to look at it.
“They are going to take a proactive approach in the villages, if we concentrate on Brancaster they may move to Thornham or somewhere else.
“Everybody has been very positive about it, everyone I have spoken to has put it down to the parents.
“It is only a small minority causing the trouble.”
An action plan is being put together covering a range of approaches to reduce anti-social behaviour during the event.
Suggestions include reminding alcohol retail outlets not to sell alcohol to young people, additional resources to manage the clean-up process after the event and the possibility of more evening entertainment being made available for the youngsters.
Borough councillor Alistair Beales said: “Tennis Week is a really positive event for the area, but this year the behaviour of a minority of individuals has caused problems in this small community and damaged the reputation of what is usually a trouble-free event.”