Ellington Park Regeneration

Ellington Park Regeneration 

Ellington Park – Summary

Ellington Park is a 126 year old late Victorian and Edwardian landscaped park across 13 acres of land in the Central Harbour Ward of Ramsgate, Thanet. Ellington Park was laid out in 1893 on land once part of the estate surrounding Ellington House.  The park was designed by the Victorian landscape company Joseph Cheal and Son, known for their work at Hever Castle and Kirkstall Abbey. 

Today, many of the heritage features of the park remain including over 390 trees, which dapple the rolling slopes of the park, which over 9,000 visitors per year enjoy; it is a well-used and loved feature of community life.

“Its greenery and shade provide a good antidote to the sands”  - Travel Guide to Ramsgate, early 1900’s.

Development of Ellington Park

Heritage Lottery Funding will renovate the bandstand; restore the best features of the original 1893 Joseph Cheal landscape scheme; improve play facilities; and provide a much needed cafe and toilets, alongside 5 years of activity in the park.

Thanet District Council and Friends of Ellington Park are working closely together with newly appointed design team: Landscape Architects - Allen Scott, Architects - Clague and Quantity Surveyor - Wooley Coles to design a park for the people and unlock a £2m investment in Ellington Park.

Timeline for the works to the park

Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People funding is a 2 phase process over several years.

In January 2017 Ellington Park project secured design and development funding to ensure all aspects of the parks heritage, features and its current use are considered in the design. These designs will be submitted to HLF in spring / summer 2018, for final approval. If agreed, works will start on the park in late 2018. Community consultation will continue on these plans throughout the process.

Consultations

In September we asked users of the park and those who live near by to tell us how they used it and how the park could be improved. The consultation so far has highlighted:

  • 85% of people want toilet and café facilities
  • 85% of people want to see the bandstand improved
  • 70% people wanted music and performance events in the park

The challenges;

  • Over 200 people commented on dog behaviour and fouling being a problem in the park
  • 21% of people did not feel safe in the park, due to poor lighting and Anti-Social Behaviour

More than 98% of people believed the park does, or has the possibility too; enhance people’s lives and sense of community.

Extensive community consultation continues with a weeklong ‘drop in’ consultation on the masterplan design in December 2017, which will directly support the planning application. Community support and input into the designs will ensure the £2m Heritage Lottery Funding is used to best effect in developing the ‘much loved but in a state of disrepair’ Ellington Park.

If you would like to find out more please come along to our drop in sessions on:

  • 6 & 11 December 2017 - 11am to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm, St Lawrence Parish Hall, 33A High Street, Ramsgate CT11 0QP
  • 10 December 2017 - 11am to 5pm, Friends of Ellington Park Stall, Addington Street, Christmas Fair

You can view the artwork and concepts from the consultation here.

Friends of Ellington Park

The Friends of Ellington Park are a committee made up of a group of local residents and park users committed to improving the facilities and environment of Ellington Park.

The Friends have been instrumental in the upkeep and development of the park, including the recent successful application to Heritage Lottery Fund, alongside running activities and events and fundraising to improve the park.

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