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Offer to run troubled Kings Hill Sports Park 'rejected' by parish council

Thursday 18th February 2021

A NEW company has stepped in with an offer to run Kings Hill Sports Park as a deal was due to be struck with the not-for-profit TM Active provider.

The Kedbull Leisure Group is a subsidiary of EUFC Elite Ltd, whose directors include former Gillingham striker Danny Kedwell, has stepped in with an offer to run the facility for community benefit.

It is the latest twist in the long and painful saga of the sports facility which is run by the parish council for the local people.

TM Active, which is set to take over the day-to-day running of the park, already runs four major sites for Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and would be considered a safe pair of hands by many.

The move by Kedbull has already been rejected by Kings Hill Parish Council clerk Julie Miller, according to a company spokesman. The KHPC parish clerk refused to comment.

A recent report by the Local Council Consultancy warned the parish council had a "credibility problem" over the sports park while "unproductive tensions within the council and the community...have brought the council to the brink of technical insolvency".

The financial problems date back to when Ebbsfleet United stopped using the sports park as a training ground. Since then, the operating costs, including staff, have proved a drain on the parish purse.

A former EUFC Europe Ltd director is Dean Pooley, an ex-Ebbsfleet defender.

A Kedbull spokesman confirmed an approach to the council had been made but refused to comment further.