Old por­taloos set to go in £20k bowls club up­grade

Chiefs ap­ply for per­mis­sion to take club into the 21st cen­tury

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - NEWS - By Char­lie Har­man char­[email protected]­m­group.co.uk

A vil­lage bowls club has ap­plied for a new toi­let block as bosses hope to re­place 10-year-old por­taloos.

Bid­den­den Bowls Club sub­mit­ted its ap­pli­ca­tion for the new build­ing in De­cem­ber fol­low­ing months of dis­cus­sion and fundrais­ing.

It is hoped the £21,500 project will re­vi­talise and help ex­pand the club, which started in 1992 and is based on the Gor­don Jones play­ing fields off Ten­ter­den Road.

Kim Bug­gins, the club’s sec­re­tary, said: “The ex­ist­ing ‘tem­po­rary’ toi­let fa­cil­i­ties com­pris­ing two aging por­taloos were in­stalled more than 10 years ago and were ex­pected to be used for just a few years.

“There is very poor dis­abled ac­cess with no level en­trance and hand­wash­ing fa­cil­i­ties are ba­sic with a trickle of cold wa­ter only.

“The hand wash­ing foot pump is dif­fi­cult to op­er­ate and vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for younger vis­i­tors.

“The pro­posed 21st cen­tury fa­cil­ity will pro­vide a clean, safe and prop­erly func­tional toi­let block with an ex­pected life span of 20 years or more.”

Kent De­sign Stu­dios, based in Bid­den­den, has re­fined the plan’s sketches and sub­mit­ted the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion with­out charg­ing for their pro­fes­sional ser­vices. A do­na­tion of £1,000 was given by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s deputy leader Cllr Neil Bell (Con) as well as Kent County Coun­cil’s Cllr Mike Hill who put in the same amount.

Bid­den­den Parish Coun­cil pledged £4,000, with the Bid­den­den Vil­lage Halls and Sports Com­mit­tee re­stricted re­serve fund match­ing the do­na­tion, while the Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil com­mu­nity fund put in £10,000.

If suc­cess­ful, the work is set to be com­pleted by March ahead of its grand open­ing at the start of the bowls sea­son, which be­gins in April.

The club is in the heart of the vil­lage and, right, the ex­ist­ing por­taloos

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