Improvement, Engagement: New Future for Enbrook Valley Play Area

Sandgate Parish Council are delighted to have taken control of the Enbrook Valley Play Area on Fremantle Road from Folkestone and Hythe District Council securing the long term future of the park.

Immediately the lease was agreed works were done to tidy up around the children’s play area in preparation for re-opening when permitted by Government. Other works are planned including repainting some of the play equipment and new seats on swings to ensure everything is in the best condition.

Sandgate Parish Council Chairman Tim Prater said:

“We’ve been running Sandgate Park for some years, and local residents really appreciate the care and attention we’ve paid there. We plan to pay the same attention here, and talk to local residents to make sure it is a park they want to use and value.

“Much of the park is in a good state already, but we’ll be getting a few more things tidied up and cut back over the next few weeks, including painting the current goalposts and removing one area of overgrowth and weeds.

“We want to talk to local residents about making the best use of the park. Would any groups be interested in taking on planters or planting beds there if they were created? What other facilities would people like to see there? Would anyone be interested or able in helping keep an eye on and maintaining the Park?

“We’d even like to discuss what the name of the Park be – is ‘Enbrook Valley Play Area’ the right name, or something else – I always thought of it as ‘Fremantle Road Park’, but we’re open to discussion!”

If you’d like to get involved in the park, drop us an email to clerk@sandgatepc.org.uk.

The playground in the Play Area will be opened as soon as Government guidelines recommend the re-opening of playgrounds. At this time (1st June), they have said playgrounds should remain closed. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Sandgate Parish Council also have taken ownership (on long leases) of land alongside Sandgate Esplanade, including the green alongside the Battery Point wall and area near the Sir John Moore Memorial.