Published: 12:01, 19 March 2017
The man behind Europe’s biggest cycle park wants to transform one of north Kent’s most iconic riverside sites into a leisure venue.
Littlebrook Power Station stopped operating in 2015 and is likely to be sold for demolition.
But the creator of Cyclopark in Gravesend, Tony Mack, believes the station would make a perfect home for concerts, running tracks, indoor football, a skateboard park, and heritage and history exhibitions.
Mr Mack, of Longfield Avenue, Longfield, said: “What I’m looking for is someone to support the idea. There must be someone out there who wants a vanity project, or a group of companies willing to invest.
“This would supply hundreds of jobs, it would give Dartford a focal point, integrate with the community, and support healthy living. I am looking for a miracle.”
Mr Mack first put his proposal forward last summer but pleas to sports minister Tracey Crouch, Kent County Council, and Sport England have failed to win support.
Dartford council leader Cllr Jeremy Kite (Con) said he admired Mr Mack’s ambition, but admitted that the amount of money required makes it unlikely.
He said the recent sacking of Lord Heseltine, who had been heading a Thames Estuary Growth Commission until his rebellion over the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan, would not help.
Mr Mack said: “I despair that I appear to be the only one who cares that virtually the last Goliath of power generation in the UK is destined to be destroyed. These huge, irreplaceable and iconic buildings could be transformed into a fabulous community facility.”
RWE Npower owns the station and was expected to put it on the market this week.
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