Collaboration yields new recreation park

THANKS to co-operation between the Army Training Centre, Guildford and Woking Borough Councils, and Surrey County Council, work is underway to create a new recreation area for the people of Pirbright and Brookwood.

The five-acre MoD-owned site at Beech Grove, which is surrounded by woodland, will include recreational equipment for children, exercise equipment for adults, a youth shelter and a picnic area.

CHAIRMAN OF THE PANEL - John Kingsbury is delighted that construction of the rec has begun

CHAIRMAN OF THE PANEL – John Kingsbury is delighted that construction of the rec has begun

Chairman of the Woking Military Covenant Advisory Panel, Cllr John Kingsbury, said: “I am delighted that work is underway, as it will help bring together the area’s civilian and military communities.

“I am hoping it is the first of many such partnership projects that will be to the benefit of the communities.”

Cllr Gordon Jackson, ward Councillor for Pirbright, added: “The strong links that already exist between Army families and the local civilians will be reinforced by the scheme, which it is hoped will become a focal point for joint community events.”

The new recreation area, which should be ready next month, will build on existing strong relationships and support of local organisations such as Home Start Children’s Centre and local schools.

The project is funded by a grant of £195,000 from the Armed Forces Military Covenant Grant Scheme, together with a contribution of £40,000 from Surrey County Council’s Community Improvement Fund, and support from Guildford and Woking Borough Councils.

Commanding Officer of HQ Regt Army Training Centre, Lt Col Darren Denning, added: “This groundbreaking initiative is the Community Covenant in action, and shows the commitment of both county and borough councils.”

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