The council will be hoping these doom-laden predictions wont come true after work started on Wednesday. Locals said a new visitor centre by the clock tower would provide dealers and prostitutes to do business, with 750 signing a petition against the plans. But environment leader Cllr Claudia Webbe was only focusing on the positives at the groundbreaking ceremony: Its fantastic that work has begun on this exciting project, which offers a brilliant opportunity to celebrate our history, and bring that history alive. As well as the visitor centre, the £2million work paid for by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant will also see the parks famous clock tower restored and opened to the public to enjoy the views from its 40m-high balcony. Caledonian Park will remain open while the constuction takes place. Its expected to finish next summer.