Talks plea over leisure cen­tre cash

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.

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