The work, which is set to reinstate the park's grass banks, means that fencing has been installed around the motte. The fencing will be in place for approximately three months to allow the new surface to establish.

The works are necessary to repair the areas where the surface has become rutted and ensure the motte remains safe and aesthetically pleasing for visitors to enjoy.

When work commences on 6 October, the junior play area will be closed for safety reasons. It is estimated this will be for around two weeks. The enclosed toddler area, sand pit and larger equipment around the perimeter will remain open subject to our routine safety inspections.

Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council, said: "It's really important that we maintain our much-loved parks and gardens, and keep them safe and beautiful for our residents and visitors to enjoy.

"There will be a small amount of disruption while improvement work takes place, including the partial closure of the children's play area, however this will be kept to a minimum wherever possible.

"Priory Park is one of Chichester's hidden gems, and now more than ever it is important that residents have access to high quality outdoor spaces.

"As a council, we maintain 94 different parks, gardens and green spaces across the district. All of these are free to visit and provide opportunities to improve health, enjoy nature, relax and unwind, and to play and have fun."

Priory Park is kindly supported by Natures Way Foods .

Date of release: 5 September 2020
Reference: 3919