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Work on Stafford park on track

By Jordan Reynolds | Stafford | News | Published:

Work on the £2.5 million restoration of the award-winning Victoria Park in Stafford is on track to be completed this summer.

The café, bandstand and training room all taking shape as part of the National Lottery funded project. The Mottram Shelter and toilets are also being refurbished and an improved aviary is being built.

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.

Stafford Borough Council was successful in securing more than £1.7 million from the National Lottery to carry out the extensive work.

Councillor Carolyn Trowbridge, cabinet member for leisure, said the council had an excellent track record in enhancing facilities across the borough.

She said: “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: “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 staffordbc.gov.uk/victoriapark and further details of the restoration can be found at staffordbc.gov.uk/hlf.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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