Work will begin on a £2.5 million restoration of an award-winning park in Stafford later this month.
The £2.5 million project to restore Victoria Park has received funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, and will include restoring key historical features – such as the bandstand and Mottram Shelter - as well as an improved aviary and enhanced catering facility.
Work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2020. Contracts have been signed with the developer and a start date of Monday 22 July has been agreed. The Borough Council has also started its tendering process for any group or business wanting to run the catering operation in the park.
Stafford Borough Council was successful in securing over £1.7 million of National Lottery funding as part of the ‘Parks for People’ programme to carry out the extensive work.
The 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 Carolyn Trowbridge, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said the council had an excellent track record in enhancing facilities across the borough.
“This is an extremely popular park. It is a jewel in the crown of the town and this work will restore historic features so they are not lost for future generations.
“We will also be improving existing facilities - using the feedback we received during consultations with residents, park users and those who play a key role within the park.”
She added: “It is good to hear the work will be getting underway shortly as we want to make sure we have a beautiful place for visitors and local people to enjoy for many years to come.”
More information on the park at https://www.staffordbc.gov.uk/victoriapark
To take the virtual tour go to https://www.staffordbc.gov.uk/hlf
Press Release No 5544