De­mo­li­tion kick-starts pav­il­ion trans­for­ma­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Lost Property - By Vicky Cas­tle

De­mo­li­tion of the Spear­point Pav­il­ion is well un­der way af­ter bull­doz­ers moved in last week.

The de­cay­ing Ken­ning­ton build­ing is be­ing knocked down to make way for a brand new sports cen­tre, cost­ing nearly £1 mil­lion.

Work­ers have been knock­ing down the old build­ing since last Wed­nes­day.

Cllr Jes­samy Blan­ford, Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil port­fo­lio holder for cul­ture, leisure and en­vi­ron­ment, said: “I am 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. ABC mem­bers have worked very hard to make this hap­pen, and 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 it comes to play in Ash­ford, so this is an im­por­tant pro­ject for Ken­ning­ton and the bor­ough.”

The ini­tia­tive was res­cued by ABC cab­i­net mem­bers last year, when it re­ceived a vi­tal cash injection 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.

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, but the new fa­cil­i­ties will be de­signed to Foot­ball Asso- cia­tion 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.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4211244/FM3360048

The Old Spear­point Pav­il­ion in the process of be­ing de­mol­ished ear­lier this week, and - below - how the build­ing used to look

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