Major improvements to Ellington Park in Ramsgate have been put forward, following a grant of £143,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The proposals to restore the site’s original layout have been backed by both Thanet District Council and a community group eager to see it return to its former glory. As part of the plans, the Friends of Ellington Park will work with the local authority to secure further funding which they believe will help promote civic pride. The project aims to improve the quality of the local environment by restoring the park’s original layout and enhancing the heritage and history of the park itself and its immediate surroundings.
Planned works at the park will be recorded on film, in photographs and in official documents as it progresses, to form an historic record of the regeneration. Local community involvement will be encouraged through consultation at each stage of the project, with information on developments to show that their contribution is valued.
Councillor Suzanne Brimm, Cabinet Member For Operational Services, said: “This is a great achievement and recognition of the hard work of the Friends of Ellington Park and council officers. By working together we can help preserve and enhance this historic park for the local community to enjoy now and in the future.”
Beverley Perkins, of the Friends of Ellington Park, added: “We have been working very hard towards this goal for nearly four years and can now see that the park will be returned to its historic magnificence.”