People are being invited to have their say on a bid to redevelop Cliffe Castle Park which could attract as much as £3.3m in grant money.

Following a successful ‘stage one’ bid by Bradford Council, work is underway for stage two of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Parks For People Programme.

Surveys are taking place and the Council’s design team is working on draft proposals for consideration by the Heritage Lottery Fund when the bid is submitted next month.

A public consultation will be held in the café at Cliffe Castle on Saturday between 1pm and 4pm, where plans of the project will be on display.

Members of the design team will be on hand to explain the scheme and the public can consider the proposals and record their views.

Bradford Council aims to use the grant funding to restore the most significant landscape features, improve links between the house and the grounds and run a programme of activities and events to increase the educational value of the park.

The gardens were created by mill owner Henry Isaac Butterfield in the 1870s. They are home to historical features including cascading terraces, two ornamental fountains, a pond, rockeries, a grotto, an isolated tower and an ancient highway called Dark Lane.

Councillor Andrew Thornton, executive member for environment and sport, said: “This is the second public consultation by Bradford Council because we are determined the public will have as much opportunity as possible to influence the project.

“Coupled with the restoration of the Cliffe Castle Museum building, the redevelopment of the park would be great for the people of Keighley. It would be a tremendous asset for them and everyone across the district. We hope people will attend the consultation to make their views count.”

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