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Stafford's Victoria Park could be given a £2.5 million revamp as residents asked to have their say ahead of lottery bid

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

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STAFFORD’S 100-year-old Victoria Park could be in line for a £2.5 million makeover if a bid for lottery cash is successful.

Stafford Borough Council wants to do a major restoration of the award-winning park and bosses have already drawn up draft plans, which it wants the public to have their say on.

The proposals include overhauling the historical section of the park, which already includes the bowling green and aviary, the bandstand, historic Mottram Shelter and County War Memorial.

The revamp would provide improvements to the entrance, a new covered seating area overlooking the river and bandstand, improvements to the Edwardian path, historic structures, toilets and the aviary.

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Bosses also want to do more landscaping, such as in the existing sensory garden, as well as creating a centre for learning about horticulture and restoration of listed structures and ornate railings.

The ideas were put forward by residents during an initial consultation earlier this year.

And now residents are being asked to give their views about the site, awarded the Green Flag for the last seven years, which means it is one of the best parks and open spaces in the country.

The council has set aside just over £800,000 and is aiming to get another £1.6 million from the HLF to go ahead with the work. They will make the first submission to the fund at the end of August when all the views have been collated.

Councillor Mike Smith, cabinet member for leisure at the borough council, said: “This work is about restoration of the Edwardian park. 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 we have had on what people told us they would like to see.”

The draft designs will soon be available online at www.staffordbc.gov.uk

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  • zoompad  |  July 16 2014, 7:22PM

    The last time they "improved" it they chopped down all the beautiful willow trees, so I dread to think how its going to look after the latest expensive "improvement".

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