The Friends, in partnership with Thanet District Council, have been successful in getting through stage 1 of a £1.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund bid for funds to regenerate the park.
The major things the money will pay for are Victorian railings with gates in place of the horrid breezeblock walls, resurfaced paths, the original style balustrade on the terrace replaced, a new café and toilets, a shop with heritage display area, relocated new children’s play area … and of course the beloved bandstand put back to its original condition.
We have up to 24 months [we will endeavour to make it less] to prepare the detailed plans which will then go back to HLF for any suggestions / amendments [not many we hope] and when all is agreed, work can begin.
The Friends’ committee, with help from John Walker [Ramsgate Society], Lloyd Bore Architects [Canterbury] and Neil Camp [QS] to name but a few, have been working on this bid for nearly four years and are thrilled to see it coming to fruition.
Do please keep your eyes open for Public Meetings so you will know what’s going on!