Future of park aviary in doubt
The aviary in Stonefield Park is in line for a £15,000 makeover - if park users and people living nearby decide that they want to keep it in a forthcoming public consultation.
The £15,000 was allocated to sprucing up the aviary – which has certainly seen better days - in Stafford Borough Council’s capital budget for 2012/13, the element of a local authority’s budget that is funded by borrowing.
However, the council’s Community Scrutiny Committee will now be receiving a report on the future of the aviary and, as part of this process, park users and local people will be asked for their views. The renovation scheme will remain in the capital programme pending any recommendations that may be made in the report.
The issue split councillors at a recent meeting of Stone Town Council, with Jill Hood claiming keeping birds in an aviary is ‘barbaric’ and Geoff Collier saying the aviary should be kept, as reported in last week’s Newsletter.
Details of the consultation will be announced later.