SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Fury at Kate Middleton’s tennis club over council’s £130 road fines
The Hurlingham Club is patronised by the Duchess of Cambridge and her family, but for how much longer?
A London council’s aggressive tactic to prevent ‘outsiders’ using its cut-through roads could result in Kate Middleton and her staff being fined £130 each time she visits her favourite tennis club.
Members of the prestigious Hurlingham Club are making a racket over Labour-controlled Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s boast that it now has Advanced Number Plate Recognition cameras, which it plans to use to discourage out-of-borough drivers from using its roads as cut-throughs, as part of its traffic-calming measures.
A London council’s aggressive tactic to prevent ‘outsiders’ using its cut-through roads could result in Kate Middleton (pictured) and her staff being fined £130 each time she visits her favourite tennis club
Several roads around the prestigious Hurlingham Club have been targeted as ‘permit only’ zones, which means careful navigation is required in order to avoid a hefty fine. ‘If this scheme goes ahead it could mean the club has to log all royal number plates and send them to the council to prevent the Cambridges and their staff being fined £130,’ harrumphs one stalwart member. Another tells me: ‘It’s absolutely preposterous. It going to cause all sort of mayhem.
‘It is also a disgrace, as the permit signs are so hidden on the roads, I know of members who have received a fine without knowing why.
‘I think Kate and William will just stop coming — they won’t want to give their number plates to the local council. There is also a security issue as well.
‘It is outrageous they have to let council officials know in advance when they are coming or risk getting a £130 fine. And it is not just their car, but their nanny and their security officers.
‘There are always at least two cars when they come.’
Several roads around the prestigious Hurlingham Club (pictured) have been targeted as ‘permit only’ zones, which means careful navigation is required in order to avoid a hefty fine
Kate loves visiting the Hurlingham with her friends and children, particularly during the summer months.
And the council insists she will still be welcome. ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are always welcome in H&F,’ says a spokesman. ‘Free access by road to the Hurlingham Club will continue as part of the environmental measures we are considering.’
As patron of the club, the Duke of Edinburgh will remain above the fray as he usually drops in by helicopter rather than car.
‘We always know when he is coming as they mow the lawn,’ says a member.
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‘I’ve been trying to make a film about it for 20 years but it’s on hold again thanks to Covid,’ he says. ‘I was going to play him myself [Havers senior was in his 40s] but I’m too old now. I shall have to cast a younger man.’
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‘I’m so excited to welcome the latest addition to our family,’ she said.
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‘I don’t like when people clap for you because you think, ‘If it’s been OK tonight, it won’t be tomorrow!’ I’m afraid someone will put their finger on just what you thought of yourself: you were not brave, you were showing off, you were nothing.’
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