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Town Council Projects

Follow the links below, for the latest information on town council projects. 

Update December 2023

An ambitious project to deliver much needed improvements to the Tenterden Recreation Ground.  The Town Council is committed to delivering enhancements to this much-loved park, recognizing its importance to the community and seeking to deliver improved facilities for Tenterden residents.

 

What is happening?

Planned improvements to the park include new and refurbished play equipment in the children’s play area; a new and improved toddler zone, with nearby picnic and seating area and a skate or pump park with youth hub alongside.  Proposed courts for tennis and netball and a MUGA are included in the plans.   In addition, the scheme will incorporate a much-needed drainage strategy, alongside improved planting, updated toilet facilities and an enhanced work-zone for maintenance purposes.

When will it happen?

The council intends to divide the project into manageable stages through a phased approach. This strategy facilitates careful budgeting, enables independent completion of specific sections, and minimizes disruptions during the renovation. 

Crucially, this approach will allow the town council to press ahead with improvements.  Plans to remove the football pitch and install tennis and netball courts at the far end of the site cannot be delivered until there is suitable alternative provision for Tenterden football teams elsewhere in the town.  In the interim period until this is realised, the council can deliver much needed improvements to the remainder of the park.

How much will it cost?

The cost in June 2023 was evaluated at £2,849,472.

The town council has however recently agreed that details of the scheme and associated costs be reviewed to allow a more affordable scheme to be achieved. Cost savings are achievable by for example, maintaining the children’s play area in its current location, retaining the mound (incorporating and enhancing its role as an existing play feature) and through review of the proposed materials to be used. 

Where will the money come from?

The funds will principally be drawn from land sales from Tent1a land and S106 funds.

How will the project be achieved?

The town council is working with Mark Hanton Studios (landscape architects) and Logic PM (project managers) to bring the plans to fruition. Where possible, improvements will be delivered through permitted development. 

When are works expected to start and how long will the works take?

Implementation of a phased approach means that some aspects will be delivered earlier than others, with the children’s play areas and youth facilities being ear marked for early delivery. The football pitch will remain in its current location for the foreseeable future with improvements delivered to this area only during the latter phases of implementation and when alternative provision is available for use by Tenterden’s thriving football teams. 

Where can more details be found:

As soon as the spatial and phasing plans are agreed, they will be posted here.

 

Update December 2023

An ambitious project to deliver much needed improvements to the historic Town Hall.  The Grade II listed building which occupies a prominent position on Tenterden High Street, will undergo extensive renovation to achieve a sustainable, community-based building, which is both welcoming and accessible to all, whilst addressing issues arising from the declining state of the building.

What is happening?

Ashford Borough Council approved the planning application with conditions, on 23rd August 2023. The town council is working with its appointed architects to move the project forward to the stage where tenders from building contractors can be invited. 

How much will it cost?

The cost in June 2023 was evaluated at £1,848,105.

Where will the money come from?

The funds will principally be drawn from land sales from Tent1a land.

How will the project be achieved?

The town council has appointed Guy Holloway (architects), Considine (structural/civil engineers) and Wilsons (mechanical and public health consultants) as well as Logic PM (project managers) to help bring the plans to fruition.

The Town Hall will close in early 2024, to allow the building to be emptied ready for commencement of the building works. 

How long will the works  take?

It is estimated that the works will take at least 12-18 months to complete.  The Town Hall will remain closed during this period.

 When are works expected to start?

It is anticipated that building work will start in the spring of 2024.

Where will town council meetings take place? From February 2024, meetings will take place at Highbury Hall.

 

What will happen to Town Hall services?

From the end of January 2024, the Town Hall reception will cease to operate from the Town Hall and staff and services operate from elsewhere in the town. 

There will be some periods when staff are unavailable as they prepare for moving and emtpying of the building.  Alternative provision and means of contacting the town council will be provided.  Details are being finalised and will be published here, as soon as they are confirmed. 

Where can more details be found:

Details of the plans for the building are available here.

Click here to view the plans on ABC’s Planning Portal.

Town Hall video

This short video showcases why improvements need to be made to the Town Hall and sets out how the building can best serve the community in the future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSdicQgdg_A

 

The Town Hall is a community asset, owned and maintained by Tenterden Town Council (TTC), the building which is located on Tenterden High Street is Grade II listed, within the conservation area and an area of archaeological importance.   

The rear of the building is formed through an asymmetric extension of little heritage value dating back to the 1930s. The Town Hall is used currently as office space and for meetings, community activities, events and shows and is a licensed marriage venue.  The building fulfils an important role in the community due to its use as an advice centre for Tenterden Town Council, Ashford Borough Council (ABC) and the Citizens Advice Centre. 

In its current form, the layout of the building - on the ground floor, is haphazard and confusing and makes poor use of the available space.  The building is difficult to manage and maintain, suffers from unacceptable levels of humidity and excessive rising damp, has an archaic and inefficient heating system and with no insulation is far from being energy efficient. Further, due to the damp and cold - this results in a poor experience for users especially during the winter months.  The building has no lift and as a result the first floor is currently inaccessible for wheelchair users, further there are no disabled toilets in the building or suitable facilities for users with infants. 

The Town Hall Project was conceived to make the building community-based, accessible to all, and welcoming for the next 100 years, whilst addressing issues arising from the declining state of the building.

The project is designed to achieve and enable the following.

  • Increased community use: The brief for the architects was to provide flexible exhibition, working and function spaces and to ensure that the potential uses for the building are many and varied, whilst bringing in additional income, increasing community use of the spaces, encouraging tourism and contributing to an already vibrant local economy.
  • Improved accessibility: included in the redesign is a lift to the first floor and improved access toilet facilities.
  • Sustainability: all reasonable measures to improve sustainability of the Town Hall by reducing the carbon emissions from the building are embedded in the plans. 
  • Repairs to the fabric of the building: the building in its current state requires major repairs, including renewal of the heating system, damp-proofing and rewiring.

The image below, shows the proposed interior of the building.