Centre will be financially viable

PUBLISHED: 10:51 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 15 June 2010

On behalf of the Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, I would like to thank Devon County Council for the £250,000 they have just awarded towards the provision of the projected centre. The Trust (now a recognised charity) developed from a group of about a dozen pe

On behalf of the Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, I would like to thank Devon County Council for the £250,000 they have just awarded towards the provision of the projected centre.The Trust (now a recognised charity) developed from a group of about a dozen people who, even before World Heritage status was awarded to the Jurassic Coast back in 2001, started to promote the concept of a high quality interpretation centre for the area and to develop ideas for its content and place in the community.Since then, two professional feasibility studies have proved that, not only is such a centre viable, but that, once established, it would be financially self-sustaining.Amongst other things, it will provide insights into the unique geology of the area, provide information about the wonderful wetlands, be a centre for learning about flora, fauna and marine life, act as a starting point for educational walks around the area and also provide facilities for the projected "Stopline" cycle route.It is intended to be a town-hub for residents and visitors of all ages as a place to meet, to attend lectures and demonstrations, and to view displays of local arts and crafts.Apart from all this, it will attract many thousands of visitors throughout the year (not just in the summer months), all of whom will be spending money locally.Over the next few months the Trust will be promoting several events and themes, starting with the new banners that will be adorning the seafront and town centre lampposts from mid-June. Details to follow.We are working hard for our town and its future, so please support us. Bernard DunfordChairman Seaton Visitor Centre Trust

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