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Gillingham's Green Spaces
Following the drop in sessions at The Sunlight Centre where we
invited you all to join us to think about how to improve the open
spaces, footpaths and cycle ways of North Gillingham, we have been
busy developing plans to improve the area.
We are currently undertaking several bids for funding which should
start to bring about regeneration. A play specification has been
drawn up for The Strand Play Area and £20,000 has been secured to
spend. A capital bid for £50,000 is underway to increase this
amount which will allow Medway Council to further update some of
the play equipment.
Following, the successful installation of the Play Ship, Heritage
Lottery visited The Strand last year and indicated that they would
like to see a project developed by young people to celebrate the
history of The Strand.
Meetings have already taken place with Mid Kent College media
department who are keen to be involved. Memories of The
Strand will be recorded by local people and
transferred to talking telescopes. If, you have any memories
to share particularly from The Strand’s heyday, of the
1950’s/1960’s please get in contact Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org
or 01634 331847 who will put you in touch with the students
who will be carrying out the recordings.
Ideas relating to The Strand included a new café, splash park and
retractable dome for the swimming pool to name but a few, were also
discussed (see pie chart below).
Other areas of Gillingham North, which were felt to be open to
improvement was Grange Road Cemetery. It was suggested that
flowering cherries could be planted to celebrate the connection
with Will Adams, who was christened at Grange Road Church in 1564
and was the first westerner to visit Japan.
A linear park for the old disused train line, raised walkways along
the river bank and retaining the LV21 as a cultural hub also came
Part of the consultation also included
Queen Elizabeth Fields landfill site which is
currently being developed as a project. A large number of
participants at the Let’s Talk Event felt this was a neglected area
which would benefit from investment.
Popular, ideas included a BMX wheel park, urban parkour and
climbing wall. Various consultation events have taken place during
August to September 2016 at both The Strand and QE Fields which
enabled local children to try out a portable pump track and in
conjunction with Park Sports (Medway Council) Archery, American
Football and Tennis. Approximately 200 people attended both
sessions. In addition, a leaflet drop was carried out to all
surrounding houses and posters displayed so that local residents
could share their views of the pump track.
The Council is currently submitting a planning application
and funding bid for £75,000.00 to enable a
pump track to be constructed. Match funding of £25,000.00 has
also been secured and we will know if we have been successful with
the bid by March 2017.
We welcome any questions you may have on this project
A Coastal Communities Fund Bid
for £1.7 million was developed and submitted after the Let’s Talk
event but unfortunately due to oversubscription this bid was
unsuccessful. This bid was based very much around employability and
creating greater footfall for the area. It is disappointing but the
team remains optimistic that other funding streams will become
available that are more suited to everybody’s vision for the
The Greenspace Development team will continue to keep you up to
date with feasibility and progress of these projects in the next
few weeks, following further investigations.
Friends Group – We would like to set up Friends
of Gillingham North. The success of funding bids is making sure
projects have the support of the local community. If, you are
interested in being part of this group please contact or have any
further questions please contact email@example.com 01634