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PRESS RELEASE: Sevenoaks Town Council has received initial support from the National Lottery for the Bat & Ball Station Building

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Sevenoaks Town Council has received initial support from the National Lottery for the Bat & Ball Station Building

The Grade II Listed building is to be restored for Community Use, in a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project has the following main aims:

 

1

Bring the Grade II Listed building back to life via a full restoration project.  The building has been boarded up and not had public access since 1991.

 

2

Improve physical access to Bat & Ball Station and Station Building.  Change a boarded up building into a vibrant and accessible building.  All facilities to be fully accessible.  Create a new pedestrian access on to the station platform.

 

3

Create a clear identity for the Bat & Ball Station building and its historic and new role in the community through marketing.

 

4

Provide new public and community facilities to provide a sustainable future for the Bat & Ball Station Building.  The facilities to include public toilets, café, meeting rooms for hire, information and exterior lighting.

 

5

Ensure everyone has access to learn about the Bat & Ball Station and Station Building and its impact on Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas since 1862 to the present day.

 

6

Provide formal (supporting the National Curriculum) and informal learning opportunities for school children and the local community.

 

7

More opportunities for participation and community involvement and engagement through heritage workshop activities, outreach offer, temporary exhibitions, events and activities based on consultation and evaluation, ensuring continued improvement.

 

8

To be able to sell Kent Produce within the local café.

 

9

Provide volunteer opportunities during and after the completion of the refurbishment project.

 

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The restoration of the Bat & Ball Station Building to be one of the key components to the regeneration of Northern Sevenoaks.

 

Bat & Ball Station Building is a predominantly single storey Victorian property constructed in 1862.  It was the first station in Sevenoaks and used by Queen Victoria when visiting Knole House.

The building, was closed by the railway authority in 1991 and has some short term uses since for storage and building props, is included within Sevenoaks Town Council’s Bat & Ball regeneration project which is currently at Masterplanning stage. The station building will compliment a new Bat & Ball Centre which will be constructed on the other side of the railway.

The station has been identified by the public as an area of concern in relation to personal safety. It is believed that a presence in the building and investment will improve this perception.

Cllr Andrew Eyre, Mayor of Sevenoaks said “The Town Council is delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support.  The station building is one of the last historic buildings within northern Sevenoaks and an important part of the history of the town. Moving forward with this project will enable this building to be restored, bring it back into regular public use and play a vital part in regenerating the area.”

Sevenoaks Town Council is a small local authority with big ambitions.  It holds the Quality Gold Award and Investors in People.  During 2016 it was awarded Runner Up in the Council of the Year with the judges stating the following “the scale of ambitions for this town council holds no bounds”.  For details of the Town Council’s functions and facilities see www.sevenoakstown.gov.uk

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Grants applications are assessed in two rounds.  A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported

 

Further information

For further information, images and interviews, please contact Linda Larter MBE, Chief Executive / Town Clerk at Sevenoaks Town Council.  Telephone 01732 459953, email townclerk@sevenoakstown.gov.uk