Funding permission for park restoration

Date: 29 Sep, 2017

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Senior councillors in Stafford are being asked to give the green light to funding for the restoration of the town’s award winning Victoria Park.

The £2.5 million project has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. And on Thursday (5 October) the Borough Council’s cabinet will be discussing an updated report which reveals the authority will spend an extra £100,000 to build a pedestrian bridge as part of the enhancement work.

The council was told in July that it had been successful in a bid for over £1.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund as part of the ‘Parks for People’ programme to carry out the extensive restoration work.

Plans have already been approved for the work that will concentrate on the historical section of the park, which boasts a bowling green and aviary along with historical features such as the Mottram Shelter and County War Memorial with the River Sow running through the centre.

Feedback from residents and community groups revealed the majority of those using the park would like an enhanced catering facility, a better aviary and have a horticultural learning centre – among a number of ideas put forward.

Victoria Park is more than 100 years old and has been awarded the ‘Green Flag’ - as one of the best parks and open spaces in the country – since 2007. In 2011 the council transformed the play area of the park which proved an enormous success and it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by online travel review site - Trip Advisor - for its great customer feedback.

Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said the authority had an excellent track record in improving facilities in the borough.

“Victoria Park is a jewel in the Stafford crown and an important gateway to the town for visitors arriving from the railway station. We want to ensure it will continue to be a beautiful haven for local people and visitors to enjoy for many, many years to come.

“This work is about restoration. We want to bring back and restore historic features so they are not lost for future generations - while improving on existing facilities using the feedback from residents, park users and those who play an important role within the park.”

More information on the park at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/victoriapark. To take the virtual tour go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/hlf.


                        

Press Release No 5387

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