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CHARD REGENERATION

 

ASHCROFT PARK

Nearly £20,000 will be invested in Ashcroft Park and we are applying for further funding for more disability friendly play equipment so that children of all abilities can enjoy the park. We have some great plans to upgrade the park and provide more play equipment but would like your opinion on what you would like to see at Ashcroft Park.

The work we have planned so far includes replacing the toddler swing, a new toddler play unit, repairing the multiplay unit, replacing the wooden posts with 5 a-side goals, repairing the fence, and repairing the safety matting around the equipment. We are also looking at the possibilities of adding a BMX track to Halcombe Park, this could be a great addition to the play parks in Chard and is something that many local residents have said they would like to see - but what do you think?

We believe that our play areas are worth investing in and would love to hear your opinions on this park and others. Please contact me at Jason.baker@southsomerset.gov

BODEN MILL LEISURE CENTRE

Great progress is continuing to be made on the construction of Chard's new Leisure Centre at the Boden Mill site. The outside of the building is virtually complete and is looking quite impressive whilst the interior is now being fitted out and decorated. 

Cllr Jason Baker portfolio holder for the regeneration scheme said "The leisure centre is looking more complete every time I visit, and you can now see the layout coming together inside. Once complete later this year the leisure centre will consist of a modern five-lane swimming pool, learner pool, gym and soft play centre. The impact of Covid-19 has inevitably led to delays in the progress of construction work but with contractors now on site working hard to ensure that the new facility will open late 2021"

 

“But it's not all about the leisure centre though. We have successfully secured £1M from Historic England to make improvements to the High Street and ‘public realm’ in the town centre and this has been match funded will a further £1M from the District Council. This will enable us to make some really positive improvements in the town centre and we are hoping to start work on these improvements in the next couple months.”

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