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£80,000 vision to put zip back into park that's in sorry state'

PUBLISHED: 16:38 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 10:46 12 August 2010

AMBITIOUS plans for an £80,000 regeneration of parkland have been drawn up by a newly-formed group of outdoor enthusiasts.

AMBITIOUS plans for an £80,000 regeneration of parkland have been drawn up by a newly-formed group of outdoor enthusiasts.

The recently-formed Friends of Chislehurst and Wadhurst Recreation Ground have secured funding from Chislehurst Society and Bromley Council.

Proposals feature a new scout headquarters and an up-to-date playground to cater for all ages.

It is hoped the plans will cut down on anti-social behaviour on the land.

Chislehurst Invicta scout group has been searching for new headquarters since its last home burnt down 10 years ago.

Secretary of the Friends of Chislehurst Recreation Ground, Alison Stammers, said: "The current children's playground is tucked away in the corner.

"Our suggestion is to move the scout's hut to this area, where it will be nicely tucked away but still accessible. The scouts loved the idea, and so do the tennis club, football club and Chislehurst Society.

"We could then build an exciting play area, with a nature trail and adventurous zip-line, in another area. This will rejuvenate an area that is in a sorry state at the moment." Although they currently have planning permission and funds for a building in the centre of the recreation ground, the scouts, and the Friends, hope they can build it on a nearby plot. The group feels that the existing proposed site, next to the tennis courts and football pitches, is not as suitable as a better site on the edge of the common.

Council planners are expected to make a decision on April 1, after the completion of a report on three historic oak trees in the area, which will be incorporated into the design of the playground.

The park's group hopes to win even more support at an official launch next month. Residents and users of Chislehurst recreation ground are invited to the event on March 10, at a venue to be announced shortly.

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