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Bridgefield Park is one step closer!

New recreation and play facilities for Bridgefield and Kingsnorth are one-step closer, as a special sod turning ceremony to mark the start of work took place at the site of Bridgefield Park.

On Wednesday 13th September The Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Winston Michael, and the Chair of Kingsnorth Parish Council, Alison Breese, pushed the first spade into the ground and make a short speech to mark the occasion.

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Cllr Michael pushing the first spade into the ground

The council recently received the transfer of the 11-hectare land from housing developers Taylor Wimpey and Persimmons Homes. It is anticipated that the park will be open to the public by spring 2018.

The project is supported by Kingsnorth Parish Council and has been funded through section 106 contributions from the Park Farm South and East housing development.

Bridgefield Park will include:

  • An adventure play area featuring a large tower with zip wires, a slide, swings, play tractors and a willow tunnel 
  • A community orchard
  • Walking and cycling paths
  • An open green space and a nature conservation area

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An artist impression of Bridgefield Park

The play area will also cater for disabled children as play equipment including the seesaw and roundabout are wheelchair friendly.

The open green space, sited next to the play area, will provide residents and visitors with an informal and well-maintained place to enjoy walks, picnics and activities such as ball games.

Visitors will also be able to take scenic walks through the community orchard and the nature conservation area, abundant with pretty fauna and flora.

The project meets Priority 3 of the Corporate Plan to provide a range of leisure and sports facilities.

Cllr Mike Bennett, portfolio holder for culture, said: “The new play and outdoor facilities will provide the Bridgefield community with a pleasant and well-maintained recreation space where there will be something for everyone to enjoy. We hope it will enhance the quality of life for our local residents and provide an enjoyable space in which children can play.”

David Bradley, Senior Planning Manager for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “As a considerate housebuilder, we are committed to supporting our local communities and so were delighted to donate an enlarged area of land to Ashford Borough Council. We hope residents of all ages enjoy the new park.”

Tom Wright, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes South East, said: “We pride ourselves on helping build strong and attractive communities for people to enjoy. The transfer of land opens up green space and an exciting play area for all members of the community at Park Farm.”

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