£300,000 bonus for Birmingham Park

Grade II-listed Aston Park, near Birmingham, is set to receive a £300,000 bonus grant to give a helping hand to its restoration.

Aston Park has been awarded the extra cash by Aston Pride New Deal for Communities to enable additional works to be carried out as part of a major redevelopment project.

The work includes improving Grade I-listed Jacobean mansion Aston Hall and the surrounding Grade II-listed Park.

An all-weather pitch, three grassed football pitches, a cricket pitch and new pavilion are being created in a £12million scheme.

The cash injection is to be used for reinstating CCTV in the west garden, and improving pathways in the park.

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture & Sport Councillor Ray Hassall said: “I am delighted with this additional funding. Aston Hall and Park are already benefiting from a £12 million programme to restore, repair and create much needed facilities including a new reception, cafe, community gallery, education centre, and new sports facilities.”

“This additional grant will enable us to fulfil our original ambition of fully reinstating CCTV to the West garden, providing improved access and security to the Pavilion and restoring pathways in the Park.

“Further funding of £131,000 has also been raised from a number of other sources for additional conservation and redecoration works inside Aston Hall and repairs externally.”

The additional works will be contained in the original construction period of 67 weeks.

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