New five-year plan for Racecourse sportsground

BRANCHING OUT: The park will have more hedges and trees

New five-year plan for Racecourse sportsground

by Andy Tong | 18th July 2019

A FIVE-year management plan has been developed for Tonbridge's Racecourse sportsground following a public consultation on the draft plan in February and March.

Among the proposals for the park that have been approved are the following:

1 replace the swimming pool bridge (work already underway)

2 provide more picnic tables

3 create hedgerows instead of fences, and plant more trees

4 consider upgrading tennis courts including automated access/booking systems to increase usage and ease of booking

5 add more features in the skate park, children’s play area and outdoor gym

6 improve fishing swims to maximise potential income, with extra disabled access if required

7 extend parking provision in car parks

8 carry out planting and protection works on river banks where erosion has occurred

9 consider planting new hedging to screen and fill gaps in the existing hedge along waterworks boundary

10 record information on wildlife and flora and report findings to the Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre, setting up a regular monitoring programme

Robert Styles, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Director of Street Scene, Leisure & Technical Services, said: “In response to the consultation a number of comments were returned. These have been carefully considered and a number of subsequent amendments to the Management Plan have been proposed.

“The comments are heavily focused on formal sports and as such liaison has been undertaken with the Tonbridge Sports Association.”

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