Work starts on £5.2m Walpole Park project

by Jim Dunton Sat 12 October 2013, 2:00 pm

A £5.2 million programme of upgrade work at Ealing's Walpole Park has begun.

It will see the addition of a new education centre, café and children’s playground at the popular venue, as well as the restoration of the park’s water features.

Ealing Council said the first phase of work would involve the clearance of vegetation, turf and paving stones in particular areas, ahead of restoration activities.

Separately, the authority announced it had agreed to find an extra£1 million to contribute to the proposed £10.5 million restoration and regeneration of Pitzhanger Manor - the park’s principal building, which was once owned by 18th Century architect Sir John Soane.

Council leader Julian Bell said the additional funding brought the council’s contribution to £4.1 million, and included some Section 106 “planning gain” cash from developers.

He added that a bid for £4.4 million in Heritage Lottery Fund cash for the project was due to be submitted later this year.

“It is fantastic that we have secured more than three quarters of the funding needed for the redevelopment of Pitzhanger Manor from external funders,” he said.

“The council is committed to revitalising this heritage gem, and will now work with the Pitzhanger Manor Trust to secure the final £1.85 million required for the project.”

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