RESIDENTS in Quarry Bank are being asked for their views to help shape the future of Stevens Park.

Dudley Council is hoping to net £1.5million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards revamping the park, off Thorns Road, and as part of its bid for cash the authority wants to hear from park users about how they use the facility and how they would like to see it developed.

The council announced at the start of this year that it had successfully passed the first stage of the bid and been awarded a development grant to progress the second stage bid.

As part of this the authority has launched a short online consultation to garner views from all those who use the park or would like to use the park. To take part in the survey click here.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, Dudley's cabinet member for environmental services said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone who uses, or lives by, Stevens Park to take part in this important consultation to determine the future development of the Stevens Park green space.

"We want to ensure that it remains a place people use in their leisure time, helping to enrich their lives.

"The questionnaire only takes a couple of minutes and the information the council gathers will be invaluable to help determine our expenditure of the potential funding gained from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“Dudley Council is committed to maintaining our valuable parks and green spaces and this injection of cash will certainly help us to preserve and restore the much-loved aspects of Stevens Park.”

If the bid is successful and the money is awarded it would be used to fund a variety of improvements in the park including the restoration of the Whitehouse building on Park Road to include a community cafe and community meeting space.

It would also fund work to the park’s bandstand, paths and entrance features and development of a horticultural training project, heritage interpretation around the area, bio-diversity improvements and school and community activities.