Lottery victory for city park scheme

A proposal to transform a Medway park has passed the first funding hurdle.

Medway Council’s £36.6m Great Lines City Park has passed the first round of approval by the Big Lottery Fund. The redevelopment of the 30ha park is designed to unite Chatham and Gillingham in Kent and create a space used and valued by residents. Medway council strategic green-space development team leader Martin Hall said the work was seen as a way to “pull Medway together as a new city”. It had been driven by residents keen to see an improvement. Hall added: “Local people know they have a large open space on their doorstep but it’s hard to get to and there isn’t much there. They want it to undergo a transformation to create somewhere safer, cleaner and greener.” Suggested improvements include cycle lanes to link Chatham and Gillingham, the creation of a conservation zone and preservation of historical features. UNESCO has shortlisted the park for world heritage status because of its military history.

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