De­vel­op­ment plans will take in an­cient and war­time his­tory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Housing Report - By Suz Elvey

selvey@thek­m­group.co.uk A mega slide, an ex­tra high swing, be­spoke art and a me­mo­rial to RAF ser­vice­men are part of a £300,000 plan that has been given the go-ahead at Brisley Farm.

Ash­ford Coun­cil’s cab­i­net has ap­proved plans to cre­ate the open space close to Cole­man’s Kitchen Woods, near Sin­gle­ton, by the mid­dle of next year.

The site sits ad­ja­cent to Iron Age wood­land and is close to the scene of a 1944 air­field bomb­ing in which 14 RAF ser­vice­men were killed.

The de­sign of the play equip­ment, which will in­clude a play fort, will draw on the site’s Iron Age sig­nif­i­cance while a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque for the RAF ser­vice­men is also planned.

The site may in­cor­po­rate a be­spoke art fea­ture us­ing a sec­tion 106 pub­lic art fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion.

ABC’s port­fo­lio holder for cul- ture and the en­vi­ron­ment Cllr Jes­samy Blan­ford said: “This project pro­vides an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a new and very at­trac­tive open space in an area that has pre­vi­ously been short of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

“I am par­tic­u­larly pleased that it will pro­vide older chil­dren with a safe place to play and ex­plore and it is an ex­am­ple of great part­ner­ship work­ing be­tween Ash­ford Coun­cil and the par­ish coun­cils.”

The open space is in­tended to help con­nect the town cen­tre with the sur­round­ing coun­try­side by link­ing with Ash­ford Com­mu­nity Wood­land, the Sin­gle­ton En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre and the pro­posed Chilm­ing­ton Green Dis­cov­ery Park.

The project will cost a lit­tle more than £328,000 and will be funded by sec­tion 106 money, which is given to the coun­cil by de­vel­op­ers.

Open space plans have been ap­proved for the site next to Iron Age wood­land at Brisley Farm

‘EX­CIT­ING’: Cllr Jes­samy Blan­ford

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