Talks plea over leisure centre cash
FORMER mayor and Kingsnorth parish councillor John Holland has said residents should discuss whether to support the running of the Park Farm recreation centre.
In a letter sent to residents, Cllr Holland said there was a “strong possibility” Ashford council would no longer share a subsidy payment with the parish council. According to the parish council’s budget it pays around £21,000 a year.
If ABC discontinued the subsidy the full running costs of the Park Farm estate centre would fall to the parish.
The subsidy has been in place since the centre was built in 1996 as part of the Park Farm housing development.
The issue was discussed at last week’s annual Kingsnorth parish meeting and Cllr Holland said he wanted to allow residents to “have a discussion on something they may not be aware they are funding”.
He said: “I wanted it to be discussed to get an idea of what the residents would like.”
Ashford council said the budgets for next year have yet to be set so it would be unable to say whether the subsidy would continue.
A spokesman added that talks would have to be held between ABC, the parish council and Ashford Leisure Trust before any decisions were made.