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In November 2019 Portsmouth City Council was awarded funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to explore a project to revitalise Victoria Park at the heart of the city. We have until autumn 2021 to submit a plan, supported by local people, to restore, improve, uncover and celebrate the park’s heritage and create a more inclusive space, which people can use to improve their wellbeing.
Over the next 12 months we will be working with the community to put together a bid. If we’re successful, we’ll get funding to restore and revitalise one of Portsmouth’s best loved parks with new buildings, infrastructure and an exciting programme of events and activities.
To get Lottery funding we have to show how we will:
All the plans for the park need to demonstrate this to give us the best chance of a successful Lottery bid, so for every suggestion put forward we need to think:
Please bear this in mind when you give your views. The first online consultation is live here until 18 December – you can take the survey here.
We’ve got until autumn 2021 to put together a plan for Victoria Park designed with and by local people. This will show the Lottery how we’ll restore, improve, uncover and celebrate Victoria Park’s heritage and create a more inclusive space, which people can use to improve their wellbeing. If we’re successful, we will be able to run activities and events in the park using new facilities.
We want to celebrate this wonderful place and restore it as the ‘People’s Park’ by providing the things that local people tell us they want. We need to hear as many different voices as possible.
We’ll have online surveys, virtual meetings and exhibitions using Facebook. When it’s safe to do so again we’ll have face-to-face exhibitions and events.
Our first survey is live here until 18 December 2020. You can also call us on 023 9268 8911 and we’ll arrange a time fill it in for you over the phone. If you prefer we’ll send it out to you in the post.
There are over 7,000 Friends groups around the country made up of other people that love their park. We want to add one more for our special park.
Whatever you are interested in – park life, the lottery project, or building community – we can put you in touch with other like-minded people.
At this stage we are just asking for an expression of interest. Don’t worry, you won’t be committing yourself to anything! If you have time, skills or experience you want to share, or to find out more, please complete the form here.
Here are a few ideas of what you could get involved in as a friend or volunteer:
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 9268 8911
If anyone you know might be interested, but don’t have an email or computer, please get in touch and we can send details via post or arrange a phone call.