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Tuesday 2 July

Faversham Rec works start next week

Work to transform Faversham Recreation Ground gets underway next week.

The works are the next phase of the £1.9 million National Lottery funded and heritage-led regeneration of the Rec that began in March with the refurbishment of the play area.

The 27-week programme includes £1.48 million of works that will restore and improve the Grade II listed lodge, and repair and remodel the existing changing pavilion.

There will also be new boundary fencing, paving and a new entrance, as well as additional planting across the park.

The scheme was given the green light last July when The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund awarded more than £1.6m of National Lottery funding to restore many of the park’s historic features, and improvements to facilities.

The funding also supports a five-year action plan of community engagement which will open up the site’s history to current users, and target groups who may not have thought about using the park previously.

The works are being carried out by the main contractor for the scheme Coombs (Canterbury) Ltd with the lodge and pavilion expected to be finished in November, and landscaping completed in the new year.

Cllr Eddie Thomas, deputy cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

"With the play area now completed in time for summer, we’re now starting the substantial work that will renew the Rec’s historic features.

"We’re sorry this is later than we’d hoped, but the delay was due to contract negotiations that needed resolving before work could get underway.

"With the amount of work being carried out, some disruption and inconvenience is inevitable, but the we will try to minimise this as much as possible.

"We are still having positive discussion with the rugby club concerning their new lease, but the investment and improvements to the lodge - the main heritage asset on the Rec - are agreed.

"It’s taken a long time to get to this stage, but thanks to a lot of hard work by the team, the support of the local community and the generosity of National Lottery players, we’re about to enter the final stages of creating a park that local people will enjoy for years to come."

The project is being managed by the council, and includes:

 

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