|Tennis season is upon us with Wimbledon, so people often want to pick up a racquet and play – but what do you think of Hertsmere’s public tennis courts? Hertsmere residents are being encouraged to voice their opinions about the borough’s council-owned tennis courts. Answers will help us to better understand current and potential tennis users, as well as help us to identify how we can encourage more people to play.
Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Hertsmere Borough Council and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) are working in partnership to encourage more residents to play tennis and to ensure local tennis courts are sustainable for future use. “Being active and outside has so many benefits. Exercise improves our physical fitness and we reap enormous benefits the minute we step in to a park. Natural surroundings help reduce stress and tension and in just three minutes our heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension reduces. It also makes us feel happier, amps up our vitamin D intake, which is needed for healthy bodies, and can even help us age gracefully.” Cllr Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, added: “Our parks and open spaces are a vital resource for local people and we want to ensure they continue to meet the needs of park users in the future. “New options are being considered for managing the courts, including the introduction of affordable fees for public tennis courts, an online booking system, which would enable fairer access for everyone, and the implementation of an on-going community tennis programme for players of all ages. “Your views are important for the development of tennis provision in the future, so I would encourage you to take part. The survey will only take about 10 minutes to complete, so please get involved.”
The deadline for responses is Friday 27 July. You can share your views by completing the survey on our website: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/tennissurvey. If you have any queries or require the survey in an alternative format or language please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8207 7801.