Our Community Hub Journey

HOS COMMUNITY HUB

The Journey So Far....

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Where It All Began

Sidley Recreation Ground, Canada Way

Our plans centre on our local park, Sidley Rec, where we have already helped with funding towards the fantastic BMX Track & Skatepark, which opened in

2022  - you can read about this here! (Sidley Recreation Ground) But we want to do even more!

Heart of Sidley want to redevelop the current changing room and toilet block into a thriving community hub with improved facilities and a café.

 

We then reached out to the local community, asking residents what they would like to see done next at Sidley Rec, and if they would be in support of redeveloping the current changing block.

The responses were overwhelming, with many local residents highlighting the lack of toilets, parking, and wanting to be able to buy refreshments whilst using the park.

Heart of Sidley then jumped into action and appointed designers and architects, working with Rother District Council to discuss our plans to redevelop the site.

 

 

 

 

 

At the start of 2023, Heart of Sidley received some great news!

It was announced that our Levelling Up Fund bid, led by Rother District Council, was successful.

This meant £2m towards our project, and now things are really getting moving!

 

 

 

 

Our fabulous local architects bakerarchitectural.co.uk  joined us at our 2023 SeaMagic Sidley Event.

They presented their wonderful draft designs, and supported Heart of Sidley and Rother District Council to further consult with the community on pitch options. We asked for your votes on some proposed designs, and again received wonderful responses!

Some key points you asked for were:

  • Accessible Toilets
  • An improved grass pitch
  • Parking Spaces
  • Better changing rooms
  • Community Function Rooms for hire
  • A Cafe

 

 

 

JUNE 2024

Heart of Sidley were thrilled to submit final plans to RDC Planning.

To celebrate we unveiled the plans, and images, including this artists impression, to the public at Sidley Festival on 15th June.

The response from the community was fantastic, with lots of people getting behind our "Buy A Brick" fundraising on the day, raising over £1000 for Heart of Sidley!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DID THE COMMUNITY SAY?

SOME OF THE RESPONSES RECEIVED DURING OUR COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS

"Toilets are desperately needed for children and adults using the park and skatepark."

— A RESIDENT
Canada Way, Sidley

"A community centre for all ages would be fantastic, the youth of Sidley need somewhere safe to go."

— A RESIDENT
Sidley

"A cafe would be brilliant, especially in the Summer"

— A RESIDENT
Sidley

"Parking is a real issue around the Rec, especially when events are on. Please include parking"

— A RESIDENT
Canada Way, Sidley

"Would be amazing to take the kids for a play in the park and be able to grab a coffee or an ice cream."

— A RESIDENT
Canada Way, Sidley

"It is so important for the young people of Sidley to have a hub where they can hang out safely and think a cafe could be a real community asset".

— A RESIDENT
 Sidley

"Really proud of Sidley and the heart of Sidley, the future looks bright ".

— A RESIDENT
 Sidley

We are looking for volunteers to join us and continue the Heart Of Sidley's great work within the community!

To find out more about volunteering with us, click here!