Thrills ga­lore in plans for chil­dren’s ad­ven­ture park

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Police In The Spotlight - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

An im­pres­sive new ad­ven­ture park for chil­dren could be built in Ash­ford.

Full plan­ning per­mis­sion is be­ing sought to cre­ate a play park in Kingsnorth, on empty land east of Bris­ley Close and west of Coul­ter Road.

If ap­proved, it will fea­ture a con­i­cal wooden climb­ing struc­ture, zip wires, swings and a slide.

New pic­nic benches, paths and trees will also be added to the space.

A re­port on the pro­ject states: “The pro­posal is to de­sign an in­for­mal piece of open space with an orig­i­nal and high qual­ity be­spoke play fea­ture.

“The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment will im­prove the play fa­cil­i­ties within the lo­cal­ity con­tribut­ing to the cre­ation of a healthy com­mu­nity.”

Twenty-three neigh­bours have been no­ti­fied of the plans, with only one ob­ject­ing.

The ob­jec­tion raised con­cerns over the prox­im­ity of the play park to a main road as it would re­quire many of the chil­dren who wish to use it to cross the road thereby caus­ing an in­creased risk to both driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans.

In ad­di­tion, the ob­jec­tor said the park would lead to an in­crease in the num­ber of cars park­ing in the area and would cre­ate noise pol­lu­tion.

The pro­posal for the park comes from Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) in part­ner­ship with Kingsnorth Parish Coun­cil.

The plans were due to be dis- cussed at ABC’s plan­ning com­mit­tee, held last night (Wed­nes­day) and was ex­pected to be ap­proved.

Also dis­cussed at the meet­ing was the planned ex­pan­sion of the Ash­ford De­signer Out­let.

The de­ci­sions on both projects will ap­pear in next week’s Ken­tish Ex­press.

It will be a high qual­ity and be­spoke play fea­ture

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the planned play park in Kingsnorth

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