I am delighted that Faversham Rec is set for a £1.7 million makeover.
The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund have approved Swale Borough Council’s uprgrade proposal.
The funds will go towards improving the playground and the skate park, a new café and an outdoor performance area.
Ever since I became MP for Faversham and Mid Kent I have been badgering councillors and council officers about the state of the Rec. I use the playground with my own children, but it's dilapidated and out of date. Faversham Rec should be a destination for everyone living in Faversham, and I'm looking forward to it fulfilling its potential thanks to this new investment.
We need to be a healthier community and for most people that means taking more exercise. The revamped Rec should make that easier and more fun - with something for all age groups, including better facilities for older kids and teens.
People have been complaining to me for a while that the Rec was attracting anti-social behaviour, and I’ve been pushing Swale Borough Council and the police to get on top of this. It has improved, but I'm hopeful the upgrade will include design features to reduce the hidden corners which attract trouble.
I will be pressing the Council to consult widely on the detailed plans to make sure the future Rec meets the full range of community needs and the money is well spent.
Congratulations to the council and everyone involved for coming up with a successful proposal - this award from the Heritage Lottery Fund is well-deserved