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    Lottery bid for £3.7m made to help restore Stanmer Park to its roots

    A council bid for £3.7 million of lottery funding has been submitted to pay for the regeneration of a historic city park.

    Brighton and Hove City Council has submitted its bid for stage 2 Heritage Lottery Funding for Stanmer Park and will find out if they are successful in December.

    The money will go towards a £5.8 million restoration to the city park which will re-establish around 20 hectares of the park’s landscape and grade II listed buildings.

    The council hope it will be second time lucky after being unsuccessful with a heritage grant application in 2014.

    The idea aims to improve the main entrance and approach to Stanmer House, walled garden and nursery.

    The plan also includes proposals to restore landscape and heritage features, tackle traffic and parking issues, relocate the council’s City Parks depot and deliver horticultural and heritage gardening training and food production.

    Councillor Gill Mitchell, chairwoman of the environment, transport and sustainability committee said: “We are very pleased that, after months of working closely with our partners, we have finally submitted our bid for lottery funding.

    “This is a one-off opportunity to receive nearly £4 million funding to halt the decline of the City’s largest park and create new employment and opportunities for residents and visitors.

    “We are now keeping our fingers crossed for the best Christmas present ever – a bright future for Stanmer Park.”

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