Monster cash award for Seaton Jurassic

PUBLISHED: 06:56 01 April 2015 | UPDATED: 06:56 01 April 2015

Harry Barton (centre), Alison Hayward, regeneration and economy manager, East Devon District Council, and Mike Ruiter celebrate the CCF award

Harry Barton (centre), Alison Hayward, regeneration and economy manager, East Devon District Council, and Mike Ruiter celebrate the CCF award

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New visitor centre gets £200,000 extra funding from the Government

Seaton Jurassic – the nearly completed £4million visitor centre – has received a massive £200,000 boost from the government.

The money, from the Coastal Communities Fund, follows an initial grant of £300,000 awarded last year for excavation works prior to building starting and will assist with the overall project costs.

Welcoming this latest cash award, Richard Cohen, deputy chief executive, East Devon District Council said: “Securing additional funding from Coastal Communities shows the confidence of others in our vision for Seaton Jurassic and its impact on the town.

“Seaton Jurassic is expected to bring around 60,000 new visitors to the town per annum which will create many new jobs in the tourism sector in Seaton and the surrounding area.”

Harry Barton, chief executive of Devon Wildlife Trust, which will run the new facility, added: “I am absolutely delighted with this extra funding. We can now be absolutely confident that the building will achieve the very high aspirations that we set out in our vision. Construction work is roaring away and it is magical to see the project that we have planned, talked and dreamed about becoming reality in front of our eyes. This is a great moment for Seaton.”

Coastal Communities minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Investing in our coastal towns so they can reach their full potential is an important part of our long-term economic plan. These projects will drive forward new business opportunities, create local jobs, and boost the local economy.

“The government is committed to supporting coastal communities across the country so they can become thriving year-round success stories that people are proud to work and live in.”

Construction of the visitor centre at The Underfleet site is on schedule for the July opening of the first hub, including the café and shop.

Last week the first volunteer event was held in Seaton Town Hall, with more than 100 people interested in helping at the centre attending. Topping out is expected to be celebrated next month.

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