Reader letter: Tennis courts in Redbridge need maintenance

A general view of a tennis player. Picture: Zac Goodwin/PA

A general view of a tennis player. - Credit: Zac Goodwin/PA

Ray Emery, Primrose Avenue, Chadwell Heath, has written to the Ilford Recorder about tennis courts in Redbridge. 

Does anyone else think that the tennis facilities in Redbridge are below standard?

The courts I use are in a poor condition, with the surface breaking up and the surrounding fencing not maintained with holes and gaping gaps that allow animals in to do what animals do on the courts.

Apart from a couple of new nets, I am not aware of any money being spent on maintenance, despite contacting the council.

Before lockdown my wife and myself completed the capital ring walk, which passes through 18 London boroughs, and having an interest in tennis I took the time to check the facilities.

Most seemed to take pride in maintaining their courts to a good standard, including some of our poorest boroughs.

As I see it, there will not be a playable tennis court in Redbridge parks within five years, and what a shame to the borough to force players into private clubs.

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