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'Pocket Park' Success for East Studdal


A new local community group has been successfully awarded over £25,000 from the Government’s ‘Pocket Parks’ scheme to redevelop a park area at Studdal Recreation Ground in East Studdal, following work with key Council partners. 

The Studdal Park and Recreation Community Group was set up at the end of last year to create a space where families can get together. 

Dover District Council helped the community to set up the group, make an application for funding, and get in contact with other partners. DDC is supporting the group by providing help and advice and is the accountable body for the funding. 

The land at Studdal Recreation Ground is in a Charitable Trust and the trustee is Sutton-by-Dover Parish Council. The project will also be helped with funding from a Kent County Council Combined Members Grant.  

The group is planning to provide new children’s play equipment at the Recreation Ground to encourage more community use of the space.  

The Pocket Parks scheme provides support, through grants to community led bodies working in partnership with the local authority, with the aim of creating new pocket parks or bringing existing green spaces up to a safe, usable and inviting standard.  Improved green spaces have long term benefits supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing, bringing communities together or tackling loneliness and isolation by providing an accessible local space.  

Kim Gibson from the Studdal Park and Recreation Community Group said: “We are delighted to get this funding and are extremely grateful to everyone at the Councils for all their help and support.  We’ve worked hard to get to this point, and we’re looking forward to seeing this bring a whole range of great benefits to the community. We will continue to apply for grant funding.” 

For more information on Pocket Parks, please see the Pocket Parks pages on the GOV.UK website.

Posted on 05 March 2020


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