Dig­gers pull down pav­il­ion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Vicky Cas­tle vcas­tle@thek­m­group.co.uk @vick­y­castleKM

De­mo­li­tion work to tear down the de­cay­ing Spear­point Pav­il­ion be­gan yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) agreed the Ken­ning­ton sports build­ing needed to be knocked down and re­placed with a mod­ern build­ing cost­ing £910,000.

The scheme was res­cued by ABC cab­i­net mem­bers last year when it re­ceived a con­struc­tion cost boost in the face of a £49,000 short­fall.

The pro­ject was granted a fur­ther £130,000 on top of the £160,000 al­ready ear­marked and the re­main­ing £620,000 is due to come from the Foot­ball Foun­da­tion.

Cllr Jes­samy Blan­ford, Cllr Philip Sims, Cllr Mar­ion Martin, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ash­ford Sun­day Foot­ball League and Ken­ning­ton Fo­rum all at­tended the cer­e­mony to mark the launch of the de­mo­li­tion.

Cllr Blan­ford said: “I ’ m de­lighted at long last we are be­ing able to take our first step to build the new pav­il­ion.

“It is some­thing I know all lo­cal peo­ple have wanted for a long time.

“And the bor­ough coun­cil mem­bers have worked very hard to make this hap­pen.

“I re­ally think that such an im­por­tant sports area will be very much used.

“The ex­ist­ing pav­il­ion is 50 years old and re­ally lets the side down when teams come to play in Ash­ford, so this is an im­por­tant pro­ject for Ken­ning­ton and the bor­ough it­self.”

The new build­ing will have mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a new kitchen and eight male and fe­male chang­ing rooms.

Re­cently, the pav­il­ion has only been used to pro­vide ba­sic chang­ing rooms for sports teams but the new fa­cil­i­ties will be de­signed to Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion stan­dards.

The new lay­out neatly aligns the build­ing with the sports pitch and al­lows for ex­tra park­ing on site.

Com­mu­nity groups can also hire the func­tion room for events or meet­ings.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4203425

De­mo­li­tion starts on the Spear­point Pav­il­ion at The Ridge, Ken­ning­ton

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The sports field will soon get a new pav­il­ion

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4203422

Cllr Jes­samy Blan­ford, Cllr Philip Sims, Cllr Mar­ion Martin and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ash­ford Sun­day Foot­ball League and Ken­ning­ton Fo­rum at the pav­il­ion

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3360046

The de­cay­ing pav­il­ion be­fore de­mo­li­tion

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