Re­cre­ation cen­tre closes as new op­er­a­tors pull out

Nurs­ery will con­tinue and trust goes ahead with im­prove­ments

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives - By Molly Mile­hamChap­pell

The trustees at Kingsnorth Re­cre­ation Cen­tre have con­firmed that it has closed un­til later this year af­ter a new op­er­a­tor pulled out of a takeover.

The manag­ing con­tract at the cen­tre in Field View, Park Farm, held by Ash­ford Leisure Trust – which also man­ages the Julie Rose Sta­dium and The Stour Cen­tre – ended last Fri­day.

It was to be taken over by a new op­er­a­tor, Slice-of-Life, on Satur­day, April 1, but it pulled out with less than two weeks to go.

The Kingsnorth Re­cre­ation Cen­tre Trust have now con­firmed that planned works to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties will still go ahead at the cen­tre, cost­ing nearly £130,000.

Trevor Meas­day, chair­man of trustees, said: “It is with re­gret that the Trustees have taken the de­ci­sion to par­tially close the Kingsnorth Re­cre­ation Cen­tre un­til late Septem­ber.

“The par­ish of­fice and Lit­tle Acorns Nurs­ery will stay open.

“This de­ci­sion was taken due to the in­abil­ity to ap­point a suit­able op­er­a­tor.

“It has been the plan since Septem­ber 2016 to par­tially close the cen­tre to carry out ex­ten­sive works in­side and out.

“It is likely to take un­til late Septem­ber to com­plete the work. “The trustees are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a mod­ern fa­cil­ity for the com­mu­nity of Kingsnorth.”

ALT had man­aged Kingsnorth Re­cre­ation Cen­tre for the Kingsnorth Re­cre­ation Cen­tre Trust since 2006, tak­ing over from Serco Leisure. ALT con­firmed jobs at the cen­tre in Kingsnorth are now at risk.

The re­cre­ation cen­tre con­tains a gym and large hall for chil- dren’s par­ties, fit­ness classes, drama re­hearsals and par­ent and tod­dler clubs.

There will be a manned re­cep­tion at the cen­tre from 10am to 5pm through to Thurs­day, April 13 to deal with mem­ber in­quiries.

ALT say mem­bers and hir­ers should con­tact the Stour Cen­tre on 01233 667121 to dis­cuss op­tions avail­able to them fur­ther.

Kingsnorth Re­cre­ation Cen­tre

Pic­tures: Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell

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