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How could Stafford's Victoria Park be improved?

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

Stafford's Victoria Park

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HOW do you think Victoria Park in Stafford could be improved? That’s what Stafford Borough Council is asking members of the public.

An online questionnaire has been launched for people to give feedback - and their views will help form design plans for the park over the next 20-30 years.

Topics up for debate include the size of the aviary and whether the war memorial could be made more accessible.

Could the park shelter be enhanced to give better views of the river and the bandstand? And should the glass houses be used to showcase plants and habitats from around the world?

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Stafford Borough Council press and communications manager Will Conoghan said: “We are looking for feedback from people on how we can improve and restore one of the jewels in Stafford’s crown which is Victoria Park.

"It is a popular and award-winning park that attracts thousands of visitors every year. But we want to ensure we can enhance the offering whether it is with new facilities or restoring existing ones.

"The consultation work we are undertaking will form part of a bid to secure money to carry out the work from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“We will be bidding for money from the fund later this year and the comments and ideas we get from the public are important if we are to be successful.”

Friends of Victoria Park chairman Tony Pearce would like to see the park restored to its original Edwardian style.

He said: “Most people would say the park is very nice as it is. It’s one of the few Edwardian parks left in the country. I’d like to see it restored to its original character. For example, a larger glasshouse in an Edwardian style.

“It would be nice to see better refreshment facilities too like an indoor facility for when we have bad weather.

“I think more could be done from a wildlife point of view too, for example the aviary could be taller.”

Gnosall resident Yvette Bowyer, 34, said: “I think some sculptures would be nice and maybe more benches .”

Bill Arkinstall, 73, from Stafford said: “I don’t see how they can improve the park. I think it’s lovely. It’s the second time I’ve been this week.”

Maria Seymour, 33, from Rugeley added: “We can’t fault the park in the summer but I would like to see the toilets improved and maybe better refreshment facilities like a burger van.”

To submit your ideas visit staffordbc.gov.uk/ your-park-your-vision

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