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Article by Neill Barston | 17th October 2018

Major Bid for Ellington Park Improvement

Thanet District Council and Friends of Ellington Park have put forward the second stage Heritage Lottery Fund bid for £1.8 million to regenerate Ellington Park in Ramsgate.

The partnership achieved a £164,000 development grant in January 2017, and has been working hard to develop the plans, with the support of a professional design team – Allen Scott Landscape Architects, Clague Architects and Woodley Coles Quantity Surveyor – as well as the local community and project partners.

This partnership led a wide-reaching community consultation with Ramsgate residents, to deliver a conservation management plan that understands the heritage, social and cultural importance and condition of Ellington Park.

It will also develop the design of the park, maintaining and improving heritage features and landscape alongside a new cafe and toilets.

The consultation, which reached more than 6,000 local residents through surveys, workshops, interviews and one-to-one open days to support the project designs, has resulted in the development of a five-year activity plan for the park, which includes ecology and wildlife learning programmes for schools and families, gardening volunteer schemes, an events programme, setting up a community digital archive and app, as well as offering many and varied opportunities for residents to engage with the park and its volunteers.

The new cafe business plan sets out how the cafe building will be run and managed as an environmentally-friendly, healthy eating, not-for-profit community enterprise by the Friends of Ellington Park.

All profits will be re-invested in the park, specifically to employ a community gardener and continue community activities and events after the funding period is finished. A decision will be made in January 2019, with the project taking another two years to procure, build and complete.

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