Staple Hill’s Labour councillors have welcomed the approval of a procurement plan to undertake over £2 million of works to refurbish Page Park, should a bid for Heritage Lottery funding be approved.
South Gloucestershire Council has agreed a bid for major Lottery Fund investment in Page Park. If successful the bid is due to deliver a new café and community room, new drainage, restoration of the Clock Tower, restoration work associated with tennis pavilion, demolition of the existing toilet block, the restoration of perimeter walls, railings and park gates, and a new gate to the bowls club.
The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Council both have strict rules about procurement, and the council’s Communities Committee was tonight advised that three competitive tenders or quotes are needed for each aspect of the work that costs over £200,000. Councillors agreed the procurement plan which is now in place if the bid is successful.
Speaking after the meeting, Staple Hill’s councillors Ian Boulton and Shirley Potts said:
“We welcome the approval of the procurement plan as another small piece in the jigsaw for the Page Park refurbishment project. Officials can move forward if and when the bid for Heritage Lottery funding is successful. We now wait to see if the bid will be fully funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which we are told we should learn before Christmas.”