Thanks to a new enhancement project, Chichester District Council will be removing outdated buildings, including an old storage and maintenance area, with the aim of updating facilities and opening up the area to help improve views and accessibility in the north-west corner of the park.

Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council, said: "This work was due to take place earlier this year so we are pleased that it has been rescheduled. This will enable us to update and enhance the north-west corner of the park for the benefit of everyone who uses it.

"Over the past few years, we have been liaising closely with groups and organisations about ways in which we can improve the park's facilities. The aim was to see how we can make better use of the buildings and space.

"Work will start on Monday 11 January to remove an old depot building and to landscape the area. This will include a new footpath linking the sensory garden, by the north-west entrance, to the rest of the park.

"The work is expected to last around five weeks, subject to weather conditions.

A small area of the park will need to be cordoned off while the work takes place, but Priory Park will be open as usual. This means that people can still enjoy the play area, bowls green, cricket pitch, café, and guildhall. The public conveniences will also be unaffected.

Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council, adds: "Priory Park is one of Chichester's hidden gems and we know that the planned improvements will add significantly to the enjoyment of those that visit.

"As a council, we maintain 94 different parks, gardens and green spaces across the district. All of these are free to visit and provide opportunities to improve health, enjoy nature, relax and unwind, and to play and have fun." 

Date of release: 22 December 2020

Reference: 3964