Calls for protection of wildlife at Portsmouth Victoria Park

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A petition is to be presented at Tuesday’s full council meeting urging members ‘to oppose the plan to demolish the animal and bird enclosures in Victoria Park.’

Notes to go along with the campaign, led by Lib Dem activist and former councillor Margaret Foster, say ‘generations of children have enjoyed the birds and the animals, and the enclosures should not be destroyed by the Conservatives on the city council.’

The calls come after a consultation document into the future of the park suggests the removal of the aviary and the creation of a bandstand to hold events.

Tory council leader, Councillor Donna Jones, has insisted she has no intention of axing the wildlife spot.

A six-week consultation closed yesterday into the Victoria Park action plan, which contains ideas for the park, including a new home for birds and animals, a petting zoo, improvements to paths, 24-hour access, and facilities for adults with learning disabilities.

People have been able to take part in a survey which asks them what they would like to see happen to the park.

The 15 acre plot is home to plenty of green space, mature trees, a play park, a fountain, bird aviary and animal enclosure, as well as the privately-run Arts Lodge and Park Cafe.

The responses from the action plan will be considered by the council’s Tory cabinet in December. Tuesday’s full council meeting at the Guildhall starts at 2pm.