Residents asked to ‘raise a racket’ about their views on tennis courts


Bedford Borough Council is working with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to find out what residents think about tennis courts in the Borough’s parks and what would encourage them to play tennis more regularly.

The Council has launched a survey asking residents to share their views and you can take part here.

The survey will run until Sunday 25 July and in that time, the Council will look to gather responses from as many residents as possible, from frequent users of the tennis courts to people who like the idea of trying something new.

Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said the council was excited to be working with the LTA on the project.

“During the pandemic, we’ve seen how important outdoor exercise spaces have been to residents across the borough, not just for their physical health, but also for their mental wellbeing,” he said.

“By improving our understanding of what users would like to see in these spaces, we can make sure that they are fit for purpose and accessible to the communities that want to use them.”

Jon Hughes, Regional Deliver Director for the LTA, said: “As the LTA, our vision is to open tennis up to more people, making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable for everyone.

“Park court facilities are vital to this, to provide people with a local, low-cost place to play the game.

“We are very pleased to be working with Bedford Borough Council with the aim of ensuring that local residents can access and enjoy high-quality courts in the borough’s parks, for the long term, enabling people to get out and active, with all the physical and mental health benefits we know tennis can bring.”

To complete the survey online, visit

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