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Work will benefit park; VIEWPOINTS.

REGARDING the letter by Gill Boden (Viewpoints, June 23) on Bute Park. The council is accused of not letting residents know about our proposals and that I plan to "Tarmac and pave over substantial parts" of the park. I am pleased to say that the latter is not correct.

As to the former, our plans to restore and enhance the park have been well documented but I am happy to go over them again.

Cardiff council is embarking on a pounds 5.6m restoration project of the park, supported by the pounds 3.1m Heritage Lottery Fund grant. This will restore, enhance and help people learn about the many historic features in the park including the Animal Wall, Blackfriars Friary and West Lodge, with new refreshment and visitor facilities, play area, improved information on the horticultural features and renewed seats, signage and paths.

We also plan to open the North Gate of Cardiff Castle reconnecting it to Bute Park and will refill the moat west of the Castle with water. All the restoration work will be enhanced by the provision of on-site visitor facilities and interpretation.

The nursery will be developed as an educational and training centre for our own staff, schools and the community. Furthermore, we will be able to increase staffing levels within the park. Finally, Gill Boden asks why the council doesn't bring in equipment after the park is closed. This option would be more expensive because of increased security requirements and lighting costs and would also be more disruptive to wildlife.

The restoration project is going to be of huge benefit to the park and this council is committed to ensuring that it will be preserved and enjoyed by current and future generations.

Councillor Nigel Howells Executive Member Sport, Leisure & Culture Cardiff Council
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 26, 2009
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