Waiting game on restoration of gates
A SMALL matter of design is all that stands between contractors and the restoration of Cheltenham's historic gates at Pittville Park.
Friends of Pittville has been given permission to work on the gates to the 19th Century park.
But now, the group is awaiting final clearance on the finer details of how the park's gates will be redesigned.
Judie Hodsdon, chairwoman of the restoration project committee, described some of the rejuvenation plans for the gates and gardens. She said: "The project is to restore the gateway, but also to improve the surroundings.
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"At the moment the cornering at which the gates stand is neglected, so we're trying to rectify that.
"It's a mixture of grass, paving slabs and Tarmac, bordered onto by neighbouring fences and walls, which doesn't look terribly beautiful from the outside.
"What we are trying to do is improve the whole look of it.
"There's going to be new paving, with a bit of design work, to mark out where there used to be pathways when it was first developed, but it will be relatively plain because we want people to look at the gates."
Alterations to the landscaping of the existing site would be minor, but would also include a new shrubbery, containing low-maintenance, hardy plants such as lavender.
The organisation received a grant of £33,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in October, bringing their total funds to about £155,000.