Noth­ing un­fin­ished about pop­u­lar park

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

our poli­cies re­spect the peo­ple”. Per­haps this is rel­e­vant to Ash­ford. Peter Dav­i­son Ash­ford In­de­pen­dent As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man The park op­po­site John Wes­ley School is called Cuckoo Park. It is in no way “un­fin­ished” (‘An­gry mum hits out over un­fin­ished bas­ket­ball court’, KE, June 16).

It was de­signed and con­structed in part­ner­ship with Great Chart with Sin­gle­ton Par­ish Coun­cil.

The de­sign was put to­gether with loads of con­sul­ta­tion with the young peo­ple from three lo­cal pri­mary schools and the par­ish youth club.

One of the main items they wanted was an area for a gen­eral kick­about with goals. This is the area the ar­ti­cle is about, as we also added bas­ket­ball hoops to the goals as an added bonus. They did not want a hard sur­face to play on but just grass, and this is what they got.

The park has been put to­gether for all age groups in mind. The very young have swings and a sand pit; the older chil­dren have larger swings and the 3.3m climb­ing net (largest in the bor­ough); and there is a shel­ter and ex­er­cise equip­ment for teenagers and adults.

It is used by all age groups and is al­ways busy. Once the de­sign was put to­gether, the par­ish coun­cil made the de­ci­sion to in­clude all of the ‘wish list’ in one go, rather than con­struct the park in two stages. With this in mind, the park def­i­nitely did not go over bud­get and it cer­tainly will not be taken down.

Our par­ish coun­cil is just about to sign the 30-year lease on the park, and Ash­ford coun­cil will then hand over a sub­stan­tial sum of money for its main­te­nance for the first 10 years. Ian McClin­tock Great Chart with Sin­gle­ton Par­ish Coun­cil chair­man

Ash­ford In­de­pen­dent As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Peter Dav­i­son, and the park op­po­site John Wes­ley School

Pic­tures: Gary Browne Paul Amos

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