The main phase of Victoria Park’s exciting heritage project is now underway and will see some of the key features of the park transformed over the coming months.
Erewash Borough Council secured £740,800 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project, but work on the key features was delayed due to the costs having risen, meaning the council has had to work with HLF to revise minor elements and find extra money.
At a meeting of Council Executive, councillors agreed that the borough council should invest a further £20,000 into the heritage project at the Ilkeston park – meaning contractors can now be appointed and work get underway.
Major restoration work over the coming months will see:
- The restoration of the bowling green pavilion, to a include a new refreshment kiosk, toilet facilities and improved storage for bowlers
- New gates at the park’s two entrances on the corner of Drummond Road and Bristol Road and the corner of Manners Road and Bristol Road
- Specialist restoration of the bandstand, which will be completed off site
- A new timber pergola installed and refurbishment of the marble pillars
- Path improvements using resin bonded gravel to areas around the bandstand and entrance gates
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Residents and visitors will start to see the exciting changes over the summer months. Victoria Park is a delightful park that is much loved by local people and I know they are looking forward to seeing the new additions and the complete restoration of the bandstand. The work will take several months but we hope that it will be completed by the end of the year.”
New flower beds based on designs shown in old photos of the park have already been created by the council’s parks team.