Milton Creek Today
Through many years of neglect Milton Creek became a post-industrial wasteland, silted up and bordered by semi-derelict industrial units.
In November 2008, however, Swale Borough Council successfully received £2million from the Homes and Communities Agency (part of Central Government) to invest in a new Country Park. The project is part of a wider investment in the Thames Gateway across North Kent, East London and South Essex.
The Milton Creek Country Park has and will continue to transform Swale – reforming a unique asset, which will become a key attraction for Swale residents, visitors and wildlife. The aim of the project is to provide a ‘green heart’ for Sittingbourne, reuniting the regenerated town centre with its creek side heritage and the Swale estuary.
The park has been developed on a brown field site, an area of former brickfields and landfill and lies between the Creek and Holy Trinity Church on the West side. The remains of several barges can be seen in the Creek, and the area is becoming an excellent habitat for wildlife. The Saxon Shore Way has been improved along the Creek, allowing better access for visitors of all abilities to appreciate the variety of wildlife, scenery and heritage on offer.
In the next few years as Sittingbourne Town Centre sees large amounts of investment coming into the town, access to the creek on the Eastern side will be improved, with parks and open spaces created to link up with Milton Creek Country Park. The new Northern Relief Road Bridge already gives people from the opposite side of the creek access to the park and Saxon Shore Way.