Work has started this week on improvements to Charnley Road Park, a new playground for toddlers & young children, skatepark, outdoor gym and picnic area are part of the  £400,000 revamp.

The designs were put together following a consultation last year and Stafford Borough Council will also be talking to local skaters shortly about the final design for the wheeled sports area on the site. Councillor Carolyn Trowbridge, said the work would enhance the area providing people with more opportunities to spend time in the park.

Meanwhile work will begin on a £2.5 million project to restore Victoria Park, which has received funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, will begin at the end of the month.

Works will include restoring key historical features – such as the bandstand and Mottram Shelter – as well as an improved aviary and enhanced catering facility. The work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2020. Contracts have been signed with the developer and a start date of Monday 22 July has been agreed. The Borough Council has also started its tendering process for any group or business wanting to run the catering operation in the park.

Stafford Borough Council was successful in securing over £1.7 million of National Lottery funding as part of the ‘Parks for People’ programme to carry out the extensive work.

The park is more than 100 years old and has been awarded the ‘Green Flag’ as one of the best parks and open spaces in the country since 2007. In 2011 the council transformed the play area of the park, which proved an enormous success and it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by online travel review site,Trip Advisor, for its great customer feedback.