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Repton Park Community Facilities: Ashford Borough Council

Repton Park Community Facilities


Repton Community Centre

Repton Park Community Centre is one step closer!

Repton Park is getting a brand new community space which will include a new building and a multi-use games area. The centre will also be able to host clubs, educational courses, cooking workshops and social events and lots more.

A planning application has been submitted, with works due to start next year. You can view the planning submission at http://planning.ashford.gov.uk/

Ashford Borough Council is leading the project as part of its commitment to improving community and youth facilities across the borough working alongside the Repton Stakeholder Group.

The story so far

Earlier this year, we held public consultation meetings, conducted an online survey and distributed postcards asking for your feedback. We also spoke to parents of pupils from Repton Manor Primary School to gather their thoughts on how the space should look and what they wanted to get out of the centre.

Repton Manor Primary School pupils

Consultation results

You told us you wanted:

  • A space to meet friends and relax
  • A youth and indoor play space
  • A large hall for a range of sports and community activities

Using your thoughts and ideas, we are creating the perfect community hub. What’s more, we’ve developed a Repton Sonnet built using your words from our consultations. You can read and download the poem by clicking here Repton Sonnet [docx] 26KB

Repton Connect - Repton Community Centre's new name

The votes are in! We are delighted to reveal that ‘Repton Connect’ will be the name of Repton’s new community centre as voted for by local residents and school children.

The council teamed up with Waitrose and Repton Manor Primary School to set up community token drops, giving the public the chance to vote on what they think the centre should be called. People also had the chance to vote online via survey monkey.

Residents were able to vote between three shortlisted names, The Rep, Repton Connect and The Base. The names were a result of a public consultation earlier this year which asked residents to suggest ideas for what the new community centre could be called.

Since the initial planning application was submitted, there has been some design alterations. To find out more visit the planning portal at http://planning.ashford.gov.uk/

Connecting with the community

You told us you’d like a dedicated Community Development Worker who would:

  • Connect and work with the community
  • Be a creative thinker and good communicator
  • Be personable and outgoing

We listened to you, Repton residents! We will be taking on a Community Development Worker when the centre is close to opening and will be involving the community in the recruitment process to help us choose the right person.

The design of Repton Community Centre

Repton Community Centres’ identity will be truly unique because you have come up with some fantastic visions for the design of the building.

You told us you wanted the building to:

  • Be a well-designed and a welcoming place to visit
  • Sit elegantly within the landscape
  • Support the community in wellbeing and leisure

We aim to reflect past, present and future and the diversity of the community into the design of the centre. Outside, we will look to keep many of the surrounding trees and develop a play trail across the site. In addition, nearby signage will have a natural appearance so it will sit elegantly within the environment.

To see a site plan of the centre click here Repton Park Site Plan [pdf] 90KB

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways you can get involved; why not volunteer for the new trust when it’s set up or become a trustee?

Over the coming months we will be finalising the ideas for the overall finishes so watch this space for more ways to be part of this exciting process.

Don’t forget to look out for the latest updates on the Repton Park Community Board, Waitrose’s own community board, Repton Manor Primary School and the council website.

If you have any questions or wish to sign up to receive updates on progress, please email consult@ashford.gov.uk

The Repton Community Centre Stakeholder Group

The Repton Community Park Stakeholder Group has been in existence for approximately two years and was brought together to help develop the design of the building, and decide the best way to involve the community and the community offer which will operate from the centre and in the lead up to it. The group has met many times and has had a positive influence on many aspects of the developments so far, utilising the wide range of skills and knowledge they offer.

Moving forward, the group will continue its role and support the set-up of the new Trust. Some members of the Stakeholder Group will be trustees of the Trust while others will remain as key advisors. The group is chaired by Cllr Peter Feacey and has representation from six residents from the Repton community, Waitrose, Repton Manor Primary School, Moat Housing, Kent County Council Public Health & Early Help and Prevention Service, and Hyde Housing & Barton Wilmore who represent the developer consortium.

Representatives include Deborah Smith (Public Health Specialist, Kent Public Health Department) Mark Rice (Department Manager, Waitrose, Ashford), Matt Rawlings (Head of Repton Manor Primary School), Kayleigh Simpson (Pastoral Support Manager, Repton Manor Primary School), Wayne Wills (Chair of Governors, Repton Manor Primary School), Su Bailey (Company Director, Right Track Music), Jan Henry (Community Development Officer, Moat Housing), Pam Millington, (Regional Business Manager, Moat Housing), Lee Robinson (Senior Early Help Worker, KCC Early Help and Preventative Services), Colin Cunnane (Founder member of Repton Manor Primary School fundraising committee) Cllr Bernard Heyes and Cllr Peter Feacey.

We hope that other members of the community will want to get involved as we move forward, making the best use of the skills, ideas and knowledge from within the community. Watch out for more opportunities to get involved.

Email consult@ashford.gov.uk
Website: http://www.ashford.gov.uk/repton


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