Diggers pull down pavilion
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.
Demolition starts on the Spearpoint Pavilion at The Ridge, Kennington
The sports field will soon get a new pavilion
Cllr Jessamy Blanford, Cllr Philip Sims, Cllr Marion Martin and representatives from Ashford Sunday Football League and Kennington Forum at the pavilion
The decaying pavilion before demolition