Newsletter 1 - January 2014

Lesnes Abbey Woods funding is confirmed

Our much-loved park is set to benefit from improved access and facilities through the Parks for People funding programme from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) for the Lesnes Abbey Woods Enhancement Project.

So as 2014 begins, we look forward to working closely with you, neighbouring communities and park users to develop Lesnes Abbey Woods into a premier park for the local area and beyond. The Masterplan of improvements is timetabled to begin in earnest towards the end of 2014, with the entire scheme scheduled to complete by the spring of 2016.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Realm for the London Borough of Bexley, Councillor Gareth Bacon said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund have recognised the immense potential and significant importance of Lesnes Abbey Woods by awarding a grant of nearly £3.5m.

The grant will allow the Council to implement a project worth £4.2 million that will deliver a wide range of stunning improvements to this wonderful site, creating an enriched experience for today’s visitors and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.”

As the project goes forward we will be reconviening our partner and stakeholder working group to enable community participation and local involvement throughout. Potential meeting dates are here (or please visit www.doodle.com/xhfmn5xq5qke64sq). The link will take you to Doodle (meeting organiser) where three suggested meeting dates will be indicated – please enter your name and your availability for each.

I hope you will be able to attend the next meeting of the group in February.

Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding the funding and our project. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing the project very soon.

Best wishes,
Jeannette

Jeannette Brooks
Community Engagement & Project Officer
London Borough of Bexley

Direct Dial: 020 3045 3803
Internal extension : 3803
Main Council Switch Board: 0208 303 7777
Email: Jeannette.Brooks@bexley.gov.uk

London Borough of Bexley
Civic Office
Broadway
Bexleyheath
DA6 7LB