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Gunnersbury Park: the way ahead to a grand centenary
THE results of the Gunnersbury Park and Museum consultation will be published on Tuesday.
A public meeting, from 6-8pm, will try to give answers to questions about phase one of the restoration plans.
Those attending will learn about the idea of setting up a charitable trust for the restoration and future maintenance.
Plans by Hounslow and Ealing councils for the future governance of the site will also be discussed.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “A big thank you to all who took part in the consultation – you have helped to shape what we hope will be one of the country’s premier heritage and leisure sites.”
In 2012, the park was awarded a first-round Parks for People development grant of £321,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
So far, it has been used to conduct surveys, develop park and museum restoration plans and for community engagement.
A separate Heritage grant of £386,400 was also awarded for the museum.
Phase one involves restoration of the museum, part of the surrounding grounds and some park heritage buildings.
If successful at the second-round stage, Gunnersbury Park and Museum are in line to receive £7.7m to allow that work to take place.
Restoration of the entire 75-hectare park, its buildings and features will be covered in subsequent phases.
The two councils are due to submit the Parks for People second-round application at the end of February.
The second-round Heritage applications are in April.
Full restoration would be completed by 2016, in time for the park’s centenary celebrations.
The meeting on Tuesday (Feb 11) will take place at Gunnersbury Park Museum, Popes Lane, W3 8LQ.
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