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Bringing better sports facilities to Ashford

Residents in Ashford are one step closer to benefitting from even better sports and recreation facilities.

Ashford Borough Council’s cabinet members last month agreed to the Playing Pitch and Indoor Built Sports Facilities draft proposal report. The document details the council’s aspirations to provide a high quality sports, culture and leisure offer in Ashford by enhancing, protecting and providing a range of sports and recreation facilities across the borough.

The report sets out a variety of short and long term projects. Short term projects include working with Sport England and the Lawn Tennis Association to provide a 2 - 4 court indoor tennis facility in Ashford. In addition the council hopes to improve the dry side offer at the Stour Centre which includes enhancing the soft play area and the gymnastics classes.


Longer term projects include creating a Discovery Park Sports Hub on the emerging Chilmington Green site, which will feature two badminton courts, a community centre, and later on, a four court community sports hall.

The next step sees the application being placed on the council’s consultation portal for the general public to comment upon. It is hoped that the final strategies can then be considered by the cabinet at its September meeting for adoption.

Christina Fuller, Head of Culture at Ashford Borough Council, said: “With substantial new residential developments proposed, such as Chilmington Green, it is important the council provides communities with a good range of quality sporting facilities to enjoy and benefit from.

“The strategies set out clearly demonstrate the council’s commitment to delivering the best mix of sports, cultural and recreational experiences for residents of all ages and abilities.”

The proposal also supports the emerging Local Plan, specifically Priority 3 Active & Creative Ashford: Healthy choices through physical, cultural and leisure engagement.

Take part in the consultation  or email for a hard copy comment form or phone 01233 330473.  



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