Makeover proposed for Kent park

Regeneration plan being developed for Dartford park.

The Central Park in Dartford, Kent, will be restored to its Edwardian splendour if proposals launched by council leader Jeremy Kite meet public approval. Kite has invited locals to have their say on a comprehensive draft plan for the regeneration of the park. The proposals include a restoration of the River Darent, with new bridges, riverside walks and facilities for boating. A new tearoom and the return of the park’s bandstand also feature in the scheme. “The proposals are unashamedly old-fashioned. There’s a lot of new design around at the moment, with people doing really innovative things in parks. But I think people want a more traditional approach,” he said. “We’re looking to restore features from when the park was built in the early part of the century. A lot of parks run by mid-sized councils have become rather municipal, just a series of linked fields. I want to bring back a sense of coherence.” Kite believes that £4-5 million over a decade is a practical level of spending for the project and hopes to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and SEEDA. He said the final design for the park will be done by a specialist and the work will go out for tender,

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