After two years of discussion and debate, the Lib Dem team of councillors on the Communities, Housing and Environment Committee voted with others to approve the building of a new community /sports centre at Parkwood Maidstone. Part of the project will also provide 12 new homes on an adjacent site which will financially support the project. The new centre will also include sports changing facilities to support outdoor sports such as football and rugby. Planning applications should be submitted early next year and construction of the centre and new homes starting in the late summer period, with anticipated completion in early 2023. The decision to support the project was also informed by a residents and stakeholders survey carried out by the council. There is also future scope to increase the size of the centre in the future should demand arise from residents, clubs and associations.
Cllr Derek Mortimer ( Committee Chairman ) said ''The current building known as Heather House had seen better days since being constructed in the 1960s. It used to be a vibrant place in the community but over the years has deteriorated and was now beyond refurbishment basically due to the initial construction techniques, so the best approach was to create a new facility that met the needs of the local community and an additional community hub for the Maidstone’s residents.”
*** Picture was taken pre-COVID when Lib Dem councillors ( Denise Joy, Cynthia Robertson and Derek Mortimer ) initially inspected the building to consider its future.