THE new Greenhead Park is taking shape.
And Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman was delighted when he visited the Trinity Street venue yesterday to check on the progress of a new restaurant next to the conservatory.
He said: “I feel joyous that the work is finally underway, it’s a relief that the years of lobbying have worked.”
Mr Sheerman believes Greenhead Park badly needs the £5.4m upgrade.
He said: “We all know that the old park was getting tired. It’s a pure, lovely park in the heart of the community and I think it’s a blessing to Huddersfield.”
Work began at the conservatory two months ago and is expected to be finished by next summer. The Victorian conservatory is being restored and a new restaurant built next to it.
The restaurant will seat 40 people inside and 20 to 30 in the courtyard. It will remain open in the evenings after the park itself has closed.
Greenhead Park manager Robert Whittaker is pleased with the work so far. He said: “It’s going well, everything that’s supposed to have happened has happened.” Ronan Developments of Clayton West are carrying out the work at the site. Foreman Andy Ross said: “We have a lot of experience working on listed buildings and we’re ahead of schedule so far.”
The £5.4m park regeneration got underway last year with the demolition of run-down glasshouses next to the conservatory and toilets beside the paddling pool.
As well as the £300,000 restaurant, £100,000 will be invested upgrading the gates and £240,000 will be spent on reinstating the ornamental lake.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged £3.75m to the plan, while Kirklees will spend £1.6m.