Mark Reckless MP welcomes Broomhill improvements


Mark Reckless was delighted today to have the opportunity to inspect the new childrens’ play area at Broomhill Park prior to it’s official opening at 11am tomorrow  (Saturday 5th April) when the Deputy Mayor of Medway, Cllr Jane Etheridge who is also one of the local councillors for Strood North ward in which the park is located, will cut the ribbon.

WP_20140404_009Children in Strood will have access to two new play areas – a nature themed play area for younger children and a sports wall for the older kids. The new play area and footpath works cost £150,000, made possibly by a generous donation of £60,000 from the SITA Trust and £90,000 from developer contributions for improvements to recreation facilities at Broomhill Park.

Mark also had the opportunity to meet with members of The Friends of Broomhill group who are actively involved in promoting knowledge of Broomhill – described as Strood’s hidden gem – and work hard to keep the park a welcoming area.

The sports wall area has facilities for basketball and football with a goal and basketball net, while younger children are sure to have great fun in the new junior playground with spider springers, a see-saw, climbing ropes and a double swing.

Speaking after his visit, Mark Reckless said:

WP_20140404_021“I’ve been a supporter of Broomhill for a long time, and it is fantastic to see the new facilities which will be available for the young people of Strood and surrounding areas to enjoy.

I would like to congratulate Claire Lanes and everyone from Medway Council’s Green Spaces team for their work in securing the vital funding which has made this possible. My thanks also to the Friends of Broomhill group who work tirelessly to continually improve this wonderful park in my constituency. I’m very much looking forward to bringing my children here in the near future.”

Cllr Jane Etheridge, Deputy Mayor of Medway and Strood North ward councillor, added:

“It was lovely to have Mark join us to inspect the new facilities and to see how great these new play areas are. I’m looking forward to officially opening the new facilities and I hope as many people as possible from the local community will come along and join in the fun this Saturday.”


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