Covid-19 Coronavirus emergency – Our contractors have been working within the protocols and directives given by Government and Public Health England. Recently they undertook a safe, managed closure of the site to complete asbestos removal under controlled conditions, and some internal demolition which could not be left in a precarious condition. Government guidance to the construction industry has since been revised, however, and work has recommenced at the Centre, although limited by the reduced availability of supplies and staff, and the need to avoid tasks requiring two people to work closely.

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New lease of life for Community Centre…

Work began on 16th March on the long-awaited refurbishment of one of the town’s best-loved community halls.  Malling (Bridgeview) Community Centre was built in the early 1970’s and has been used by a host of clubs; societies, sports clubs and the local community but it is in desperate need of modernization.  Local builders Cheesmurs Ltd won the contract from the Council to carry out a complete refurbishment that will include a state-of-the-art ground source heat pump system and photovoltaic panels to provide environment-friendly heating and power; completely new electrical wiring and plumbing, and an improved room layout that will offer, among other benefits, more flexible spaces and a small café/bar and terrace.

The Town Council has worked on this project with partners Malling Community Association, for some years.  It was delayed for a number of unrelated reasons but that delay has, coincidentally, allowed a more extensive job to be done.

The café and terrace will allow users and spectators of all pitches and other facilities within the Recreation Ground to have a relaxing drink or snack following evening puppy-training or a fitness class.  Public consultation highlighted the desire for the café and terrace, and it should provide an attractive midway stopoff for those who exercise in the Rec and local area (at whatever pace!), and a meeting point for spectators and users of the sports pitches, children’s play area and skate park.

The improvements to the Centre are part of a wider plan to improve recreation facilities in Malling Recreation Ground and the Pells, ahead of planned developments at North Street Quarter and Malling Old Farm.

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