Residents asked their views on plan for park

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RESIDENTS are being reminded to give their views about the future of Portsmouth’s Victoria Park.

The city council launched a six-week consultation looking at an action plan that incudes a new home for birds and animals, a petting zoo, improvements to paths, 24-hour access, and facilities for adults with learning disabilities.

The 15-acre park is currently home to privately-run venue The Arts Lodge – and a separate campaign is under way to save it from being taken over by the council.

Residents’ views will be considered by the council’s cabinet at a meeting in December. Council leader Donna Jones said: ‘Improvements to the park are long overdue and I’d like residents to tell us what they think of the suggestions in the action plan.

‘The birds and animals are staying, but we’d like to know whether it’s a good idea to look at a new home within the park and the possibility of a petting zoo.

‘The Lodge is remaining as an arts venue, but we’d like to include facilities for adults with learning disabilities. I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to take part.’

To take part go online at, before November 11.