As many of you will know, the Ellington Park Regeneration Trust, of which the Friends of Ellington Park are leading members, has submitted two bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in the last two years to help bring about the full restoration of Ellington Park to its stunning former glory. Written in the early 1930s, Ward Lock and Co’s travel guide, Ramsgate and North-East Kent, refers to the Park as “the choicest of its kind in the Country”. With this in mind, the bids included:
– The total restoration of the Victorian Bandstand;
– The re-introduction of refreshment facilities, i.e. a cafeteria, with integrated toilets;
– Victorian railings around the Park;
– The paths (currently unsafe and unsightly) being restored.
And much more besides – all designed towards making Ellington Park the focal point of the community and a great place to spend time in.
Sadly, the two previous bids were both turned down. These rejections have been very disappointing to us, as we feel we have done everything we possibly could to make the bids a success. But ultimately, for the bids to have succeeded, the HLF needed to see clear and substantial support from the Park’s landowner, Thanet District Council.
We are only able to submit three bids to the HLF, so Ellington Park has one last chance. We have therefore launched a petition – running from now until 30 September 2015 – to show Thanet Council how much the people of Ramsgate – and further afield – care about Ramsgate’s favourite open space!
Scores of people have signed the petition within the first 24 hours (thank you guys!) and we need you to do the same.
The petition reads:
“We the undersigned ask the council (Thanet District Council) to support the Heritage Lottery Fund bid for the regeneration of Ellington Park, Ramsgate”.
Over the coming weeks, we will be out in the Park and on the streets asking people to be generous and sign. If you think you can fill a page (or more!) of signatures, please do download and print off a copy of the petition below.
Thank you very much!!!
Petition to TDC re HLF