Council set to bid for £620k for park work

Cllr Mike Wallis
Cllr Mike Wallis
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A bid for £620,000 of funding to revamp Victoria Park should be submitted by councillors in the new year.

Members of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive meet this week and are set to agree that the funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund can be submitted in February.

The council has been working for a year on its heritage proposals for the park which include restoring the historic bandstand, bowls pavilion and pergola and reinstalling Victorian style entrance gates.

A decision by the HLF will be announced within six months of the application being put in.

Cllr Mike Wallis, lead member for culture and leisure at the council, said: “This will be a ‘round two’ bid for full funding for what is an exciting and important project to restore some of the key features in this historic park.

“There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes hard work producing the masterplan for this project.

“We are delighted that the Duke of Rutland has given the proposals his full support.”