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Young Mayor urges kids to have their say on park cash

PUBLISHED: 19:00 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:51 05 October 2010

YOUNGSTERS should have their say on multi-million-pound plans to improve Victoria Pak, Tower Hamlets young mayor has said. So far more than 1,000 people have given their views on the improvement plans but young mayor Uma Akther is calling on more young p

YOUNGSTERS should have their say on multi-million-pound plans to improve Victoria Pak, Tower Hamlets' young mayor has said.

So far more than 1,000 people have given their views on the improvement plans but young mayor Uma Akther is calling on more young people to get involved.

Uma, from Bow, is a regular visitor to the park and says she wants young people to go online and fill out the short survey on the park's plans.

She said: "Victoria Park is a fantastic park, but it can provide so much more for young people.

"The plans are full of great ideas, but we need to make sure that young people have their say on what they want their park to look like in the future.

"It's really easy to find out about the plans and give your views, just visit

Plans to regenerate the park in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are being worked on by the council and Tower Hamlets residents.

People are being asked for their views on the plans, which include an additional café, improved play grounds, skate park, urban beach, water feature and improved sporting facilities.

Plans will be submitted to the Parks for People scheme for its share of a £90 million joint pot between the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, to gain funding for the improvements.

Council money will also be ploughed into the scheme, pushing the total investment to £12 million.

The council will submit the plans in December and, if successful, the funding will represent the largest investment that the park has seen since its creation in the 1840s.

All the information about the draft plans, including an online survey, is available at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/victoriapark


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