Jurassic boost

PUBLISHED: 02:01 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010

A HALF-a-million pound cash-boost for two Jurassic Coast visitors centres has been pledged by county bosses, following a successful bid by Exmouth's former mayor. County Councillor Eileen Wragg submitted the bid for funding the Exmouth and Seaton Gateway

A HALF-a-million pound cash-boost for two Jurassic Coast visitors centres has been pledged by county bosses, following a successful bid by Exmouth's former mayor.County Councillor Eileen Wragg submitted the bid for funding the Exmouth and Seaton Gateway Visitor Centres to Devon County Council just after Christmas. The money comes from the council's sale of Exeter International Airport last year, as millions of pounds are invested in local projects across Devon.The airport was sold for £60 million - and after first paying £12 million to cover existing borrowings against their previous investment in the airport, £48 million was left for local projects.And in a first round of allocations, Exeter, East and Mid Devon are to get around £1 million, with further allocations to follow, with the World Heritage Site interpretation centres for Exmouth and Seaton receiving £500,000.This will add to the already existing £500,000 pot committed to these projects by the council.The interpretation centres for Exmouth and Seaton are part of the Jurassic Coast Framework Project - and the aim is to create new world-class interpretation centres for the Jurassic Coast, celebrating the unique geology and associated wildlife. As well as being visitor attractions, it is hoped the centres will provide new employment and education opportunities.Exmouth Littleham town and county Councillor Eileen Wragg said: "This is very welcome news for Exmouth, and for Devon as a whole. "A great deal of work has been done over the past two years in trying to bring the project to fruition, and this money will be a significant step forward in achieving that aim. It will bring visitors to the town and surrounding areas who will learn how wonderful our environment is, and that in turn will be good for regenerating the local economy."Seaton county councillor, and executive member for environment, Councillor Margaret Rogers said: "This is great news for the Gateway Towns in order to progress and promote the Jurassic Coast. "These will be landmarks in providing information and a focus for increasing knowledge of the Jurassic Coast while linking with other projects such as the Stop Line Way cycle route from the Bristol Channel to the English Channel. "They will be important to the work, leisure and tourism features of the area.

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