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Biddenden Bowls Club

New Toilets Project 2019

UPDATE 14th July 2019

Work is now well underway with the tricky footings now in and the walls going up. 

UPDATE 20 May 2019

Whilst we had hoped that work on site by the contractor would start today this has been delayed slightly. Work on site will now commence on 27 May.


UPDATE - 18th April 2019

At last we have got approval to proceed from VHSC and BPC. It looks likely that work will commence on the construction in mid May and it should take about 2 weeks to complete (although landscaping will take a bit longer). The green maintenance team have already started clearing the site and we would ask everyone at the green to take great care around the portaloos as slabs have been moved. This is great news and does mean that hopefully by early June we will have our 21st century Toilet Block!!


Frustratingly we have still not received an update on our planning application despite chasing ABC this week. Additionally we still have a few items outstanding to satisfy the VHSC and BPC before the project can move forward.  Time is now tight to be able to deliver the new facilities in advance of the new season and options are being explored to see how the position might be best managed.

Plans look like being further complicated by the operational activities to deliver the new telecoms mast, to be sited near the tennis courts.  The draft timings for the contractors works, made available this week, indicate that access through the road off Old Mill Court will be closed during the week starting 8 April.  Clarification of the impacts to all the sports clubs is being sought, it appears likely that only pedestrian access will be possible for some days.



Update - 18th February 2019

We are awaiting final approval of planning which fingers crossed we will get next week.

Building Regulations have been approved - all they wanted to check was the septic tank. Brian managed to find the original spec for the tank and other background information which Building Control have said they are happy with - they will just have to check the new pipework during the building phase.



Project to build a new toilet block – update 18th December 2018

The existing “temporary” toilet facilities comprising 2 aging “portaloos” were installed over 10 years ago and were expected to be used for just a few years! As members know there is very poor disabled access with no level entrance and handwashing facilities are basic with a trickle of cold water only. On a regular basis members and visitors with a range of mobility issues as well as those with impaired vision need to use the toilets which provides a real challenge for them. The hand washing foot pump is difficult to operate and virtually impossible for younger visitors - not good for hygiene!!

The proposed 21st Century Toilet Facility will provide a clean, safe and properly functional toilet block with an expected life span of 20+ years.

This will allow:

          A much better experience for all members and visitors

·        Effective access for all and the availability of a properly fitted disabled toilet facility.

·        Capability to widen participation to include children and young people

·        Capability to encourage interaction with the other village sports groups (e.g. squash, football, tennis)

·        Options to make greater use of the pavilion outside of the bowls season for social gatherings

Funding package Agreed

The total cost is expected to approximately £21,500 and the club is delighted that generous support by way of grants is covering the main project costs.

·        Ashford Borough Council (ABC) Community Grants Fund - £10,000

·        ABC Councillor – Neil Bell - £1000

·        KCC Councillor – Mike Hill - £1000

·        VHSC Restricted Reserve - £4000

·        Biddenden Parish Council - £4000

Kent Design Studios, based in Biddenden, has very generously refined our sketches and submitted the planning application without charging for their professional services.

Club members will need to put in many extra volunteer hours to clear and prepare the site and complete the landscaping.

Planned Project timeline

PRE NOV – Early planning and putting in place funding package

NOV – JAN – plans, quotes, planning permission

JAN- FEB – Prepare site – by volunteer club members

MARCH – Contractor will build the block

EARLY APRIL – landscaping by volunteers

LATE April – Grand Opening at start of new bowls season

NB plans have been submitted for approval to Ashford Borough Council (15th December 2018)