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Cross Park - Open for All

Cross Park Entrance Cross Park Entrance

The Cross Park site is looking to the future. The parish council are working with a new set of Cross Park Association Trustees to investigate how to best maintain and improve the facilities for the villagers. The building has been redecorated and a serving hatch installed between the kitchen and the hall. Free Wi-Fi has also been installed.

1) Access

A 'permissive' footpath between Cross Park and the Recreation Ground - has been provide by Turners Group Homes (Kingsmead) this has created shortcuts between the central and middle parts of the village to Cross Park, British Pilot and the seawall as well as opening up circular walks.

2) Pavilion

The pavilion is set to open for business and will be holding regular events during the day and ad-hoc events during the evening. Contact Lisa Newstead 01634 272942.

3) Recreation

The local football team had been unable to use the pitch due to lack of changing rooms. They have placed a modular building behind the pavilion to act as a temporary changing rooms and is connected to water and electricity following a grant from Medway Green Spaces (S106 contributions). Longer term it is planned to build an extension to the pavilion which will include purpose built changing rooms, funded by Turners Group (Kingsmead/Allhallows Park) as an addition to their proposal for 82 extra chalets. 

4) Country Park

The wildlife area of the park continues to undergo tender loving care (TLC) and the pathways cleared. There has been new planting and management by a volunteer and friends. 
The parish council were approached about a project to infill part of the site and create a new woodland, but after public consultation this was dismissed.

Plans to extend the Kingsmead/Allhallows Park by 81 units has been approved an building works due to start in Autumn 2021. As part of this they will provide the permissive footpath (see 1 above) and will look to partner with the parish council to provide shared facilities for the use of their residents and the residents of Allhallows, at their cost. Suggested facilities are :
a) the permissive path
b) A new built hall, alongside the current pavilion to provide a new community centre, including permanent changing rooms, indoor sports and social facilities. 

A public exhibition was held on Thursday 30th November 2017 and Turner's submitted a planning application. The parish council is continuing to discuss the fine detail of the benefits and issues of the s106 facilities.

A new Planning Application for Allhallows Park (Kingsmead) has been submitted to Medway Council Planning replacing the on granted in 2019. It is a new building, rather than an extension to to current pavilion.

Extended Car Parking has already been constructed and new entrance gates installed. The Car Park surface will be finished off after the construction has completed.

Keep in contact for more information about the site.