£2m revamp of The Paddock, Chatham, hit by four-month delay

9 May 2024In Chatham1 Minutes
Improvements underway at The Paddock

Improvements to a green space in Chatham town centre are facing delays.

The Paddock, in between Chatham bus station and the Pentagon Centre, is undergoing a £2 million revamp.

The project was set to be completed at the end of March but will not be finished until July, Medway Council has now confirmed.

A computer generated image showing how The Paddock will look after improvements. Photo: Medway Council

Work includes new seating and planting, redesigned paths and entrances, and better lighting.

The four-month delay has been caused by changes to the plans, after a controversial fountain was axed from the project due to its £400,324 cost.

The cost came to around £42,426 per annum over a ten-year period, according to a Freedom of Information request by Future Medway.

Work is still underway at The Paddock

The space initially set aside for the fountain will instead feature a planted area and a historic map of Chatham engraved into the paving.

A specific reopening date has not yet been announced by the council.

The revamp has been funded by the government’s Future High Streets Fund and is being delivered by contractor Blakedown Landscapes.