A BID for lottery funding to restore Grosvenor Park has been rejected.
Chester City Council had hoped to raise £3m through its Parks for People bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out improvements at the city centre park.
The HLF received £60m worth of bids from around the country, but only had £20m available and decided that, although the city council’s bid could not have been better, Šthere were more deserving places whereŠ funds would have a stronger impact.
Councillor Eric Plenderleath, executive member for culture and community, said ‘Although this is a huge disappointment, the project team did a fantastic job of pulling the Grosvenor Park bid together.
“We must go back, look at the priorities and decide what we can deliver for the park in the short, medium and long term.”
Chris Capes, project manager for the bid, said: “The work we have carried out in consultation with schools, community groups, stakeholders and the public proves that there is an immediate need to improve Grosvenor Park.
“We need to look at other opportunities we have to improve this very important heritage asset for future generations.”
The city council is still waiting for the results of other applications for funding the project and in the meantime is working with partners on ways to deliver significant improvements to the park in the near future.