Youth Cash Boost
Young people living at Kings Hill will have more things to do in their spare time, thanks to a welcome boost to the youth club’s funds.
Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd has given £5,000 to the youth club to put towards a project of their choice. This is the first of 10 annual contributions, totalling £50,000.
Lindsay Sharp, chairman of the Kings Hill youth club trustees, said that she was delighted with the donation. ”Some time ago the parish council sent out a questionnaire to everyone living at Kings Hill asking them what they would most like – and the overriding request was for a youth club,” she said.
“Our youth club opened three months ago and is proving so popular we are hoping to extend its opening to two evenings a week and this donation has come at just the right time.
“We don’t want to rush into a decision on what it will be used for but it could go towards paying a youth worker, on educational course, trips out or any number of good causes.”
Susan Davies from Liberty Property Trust UK said: “Kings Hill is a very popular place for families to live and it is important that teenagers here have somewhere to go in the evenings. We are delighted that our donation will be put to such a good cause.”
Richard Long, KCC member for Malling Rural East, presented the cheque at a VIP reception in the Kings Hill community centre. “The County Council is Liberty Property Trust’s development partner at Kings Hill and over the past 19 years the area has been totally transformed,” he said.
“With so many people now working and living here it is great to see the inclusion of community amenities in the development and the youth club is an important part of this. I know this generous donation will be put to excellent use.”
Kings Hill is a thriving community with around 4,000 people living in the residential village, 15% of whom are employed by a business on site. Around 100 companies are based at Kings Hill, ranging from international and national corporates to SMEs.
There is a good range of shops, restaurants, a pub and coffee shop in Liberty Square, together with the usual 'High Street' amenities, such as a dry cleaners, post ‘n packing warehouse, florist, hairdressers, chemist, gallery and gift shop, opticians, dentist, vet, estate agents and recruitment agency which serve both the business and residential communities at Kings Hill.
A 90,000 sq ft David Lloyd Leisure racquets, health and fitness club opened in 2006 and there is also an 18-hole PGA golf course, a day nursery and University of Greenwich conference centre.