Staple Hill’s Labour councillors have joined other local activists in celebrating the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1.6 million towards an ambitious scheme to regenerate Page Park. Councillor Shirley Potts was the founder of the Friends of Page Park and she joined her colleague Ian Boulton and other members of the Friends to welcome the news.
The successful bid will improve the much-loved park in a large number of ways, including repairing and restoring the stone boundary walls, restoring the clock tower shelter and stone gate pillars, restoring all the park gates and the granite drinking fountain and replacing the park railings cut down in the Second World War. The project will also see the creation of a new café, toilets and community building and a new toddlers play area.
Councillor Ian Boulton says:
“Since The Friends of Page Park was formed by Shirley it has gone from strength to strength. Winning the Heritage Lottery Fund grant to restore our beautiful park to its former glory is fantastic news for the people of Staple Hill and our surrounding neighbourhoods and will ensure a vibrant future for Page Park for generations to come.”
Councillor Shirley Potts adds:
“Congratulations must go to the members on the Friends of Page Park for their perseverance and hard work which has led to the award of this Heritage Lottery grant.
Over the years the improvement in facilities and the successful events that have been organised have ensured that the park has become a valued community space which benefits all sections of the community. This grant will mean that there will be further developments which will aim to improve the health and well-being of residents.”