Residents are being asked to comment on exciting proposals to enhance and improve Stanmer Park, following a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid.
Brighton & Hove City Council is launching a public consultation and staging exhibitions in the park and in city libraries.
Residents attending the exhibitions can find out about proposals for the walled garden, entrance, parkland and plans to make the park more accessible to all. There are also plans to explain the heritage of the park to visitors and provide more ways to volunteer and be involved.
Staffed exhibitions will be held on:
Thursday 31st March: Jubilee Library 10am-7pm
Saturday 2nd April: Jubilee Square 10am-4pm
Sunday 3rd April: Lawn opposite Stanmer House 10am-2pm
Sunday 3rd April: Stanmer book shop 12-4pm
Unstaffed exhibitions run from:
Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st March: Jubilee Library Foyer
Tuesday 5th to 22nd April: Moulsecoomb Library
Monday 4th to 22nd April: Coldean Library
Residents can make their comments at the exhibitions or online through the council’s consultation portal.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee said: “Stanmer Park is a well-loved public space as well as an important gateway into the South Downs National Park.
“We are fortunate to have this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to restore the park and its buildings and urge residents will get involved in the consultation and help us to develop plans which see the park preserved and enhanced for future generations.”
To find out more about the Stanmer Restoration Project at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/stanmerproject
The Stanmer Park and Estate Restoration Project aims to restore the park’s landscape, and Grade II listed buildings, protect natural features and safeguard its rare landscapes.
In July 2014 the council made two applications for Heritage Lottery Funding for Stanmer Park. They were a ‘Heritage Grant’ application to renovate Home Farm, and a ‘Parks for People’ application to restore the Walled Garden and other parts of the Stanmer landscape.
The applications were made as part of a wider, long term plan to restore Stanmer Park.
The Heritage Grant application was unsuccessful, but the Parks for People application resulted in the council being awarded £297,000 to develop proposals. Work is now underway to draw up a final application for stage 2 funding to be submitted by August 2016.
Stanmer Park is a working landscape which includes farming, grazing and food growing. It is also home to residents living in Stanmer Village and a base for several businesses, including the council nursery, South Downs National Park Authority offices and community groups and organisations.