Monday, 11 December 2017.

Development money allocated to fund skate park and games pitch

6 December, 2017

Plans for a new skate park and a new artificial grass pitch in Aylesham took a vital step forward this week when DDC Committee Members agreed to allocate more than £120,000 of development contribution funding.

Using money given under planning agreements relating to the Aylesham Garden Village development, the proposals had been submitted to DDC by Aylesham Parish Council and the Aylesham & Snowdown Social Welfare Scheme.

Members of DDC’s Developer Contributions Executive Committee met on Monday 4 December to consider a report into the proposals and agreed the following:

  • £5,000 granted for a detailed survey of natural grass pitches at the Aylesham & Snowdown Social Welfare Scheme’s ground by a specialist consultant
  • £33,350 granted to the Welfare Scheme for conversion of its multi-use games area into an artificial grass pitch
  • £85,710 granted to Aylesham Parish Council to support the skate park project.

The money has been given by developers Barratt Homes and Persimmon Homes under S106 agreements to build in the village.

A survey earlier this year, conducted by the parish council among local young people, revealed their preference for a skate park. At the Aylesham and Snowdown Welfare, demand to use an existing multi-use games area has been very low, while there was a high level of demand for additional artificial grass pitch facilities.

Cllr Keith Morris, Leader of Dover District Council said: “We are delighted to see this funding from planning agreements in Aylesham being directed to help the local community.”