Pittville Park lottery bid is unsuccessful

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Pittville Park lottery bid is unsuccessful

An application to the Heritage Lottery Fund' (HLF) Parks for People programme for a 3-million grant to restore, revitalise and improve Pittville Park - Cheltenham's premier park - has been unsuccessful.

Rob Bell, assistant director for operations for Cheltenham Borough Council, speaking on behalf of the project team, confirmed that all involved were very disappointed. Rob said: "Initial feedback from the HLF indicated that while we had submitted a 'realistic, strong bid for what was recognised as an important park', this last round of the current programme had been extremely competitive. It was acknowledged that Cheltenham's bid was the strongest from the South West region but unfortunately no bids from this area were successful.

"On a more positive note, we are pushing ahead with our plans for a new bridge over the lower lake in the park. The deadline for local people to submit their ideas for panels on the bridge has been extended to the end of April. We have received some excellent suggestions so far and are looking forward to starting work later this summer."

Cllr Paul Massey, cabinet member for sustainability said: "I share the project team's sense of disappointment and would like to thank them for all their hard work. I would also like to thank the community groups around the park for their enthusiasm, help and support for the bid. I acknowledge that the bid has raised expectations for the park and a revised plan will be drafted over the next few months in consultation with partner organisations."

Members of the project team are attending a formal debriefing meeting with the HLF case officer in the next few days.

Posted : 20/04/2009 11:07:59

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