Development plans will take in ancient and wartime history
firstname.lastname@example.org 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