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Building work for recreation facilities in Bridgefield and Kingsnorth begins after Ashford Borough Council finalise land transer

PUBLISHED: 14:26 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:27 11 August 2017

Bridgefield Park

Bridgefield Park

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The park is anticipated to open in spring 2018 and will include a play area plus community orchard

Play and recreation facilities for Bridgefield and Kingsnorth are one-step closer after Ashford Borough Council received the transfer of land from developers.

In July, housing developers Taylor Wimpet and Persimmons Homes transferred ownership of the 11-hectare land to the council.

Works on the space have now begun and it is anticipated that the park will be open to the public by spring 2018.

The developers donated more land than they were obliged to under the requirements of the planning permission, enabling the provision of a larger park than originally anticipated.

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

Bridgefield Park will include an adventure play area - with two zip wires, a slide, swings, play tractors and a willow tunnel - plus a community orchard, walking and cycling paths, an open green space and a nature conservation area.

Councillor Mike Bennett, portfolio holder for culture, said: “The facilities will provide the 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, said: “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, added: “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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