Deangate wasn’t only a well loved and used community golf club. An athletic complex was added some time ago providing track and field facilities, an indoor gym and hard standing Tennis courts.
Over the years the fully synthetic 400m athletic track with 6 lanes has been used by Olympic medalist and international athletes and were often seen using the facilities:
Steve Buckley OBE, Olympic medalist and British Record holder for Javelin.
Bob Mathews MBE blind middle distance runner and winner of 8 gold medals.
Elizabeth Anne Yarnold, OBE former British skeleton racer with consecutive Olympic gold medals in 2014 and 2018 she is the most successful British Winter Olympian and the most successful Olympic skeleton athlete of all time from any nation.
During the pandemic the track has been a welcome oasis and extensively used by individual, families and clubs alike to improve their Health and well being .
If the spur road proposed by Medway Council goes ahead through Deangate and “Parkland Living” is brought forward we will lose this well loved and well used local facility in the same way the golf course was stolen from us.
Over the last few years Medway Council has deliberately allowed the track, tennis court and football pitches to fall into disrepair with buildings not been repaired, broken fences around the courts and a general malaise. Cycle clubs, fitness clubs have all be evicted from the buildings at the same the Council continues to subsidise the private Lordswood Leisure Centre to the tune of £80k per year.
If you or your family use or have ever used the facility at Deangate Sports Centre please do not allow this council’s HIF project to rob the peninsula of more facilities.
Please sign the petition below.