The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Ben Bradshaw, confirmed today (16 October) that the Government is to invest £10 million in a new Stonehenge visitor centre.
Welcoming the announcement, Baroness Andrews, Chair of English Heritage, said: "English Heritage is delighted at this financial commitment from the Government to secure the future of Stonehenge. Subject to planning permission, this means that the Stonehenge project, to restore the landscape and create a world class interpretation centre, can now be completed in time for the 2012 Olympics. Thanks to this investment, Stonehenge will finally have a setting which is worthy of its significance."
Mr Bradshaw said: "Stonehenge is one of our best known historic attractions, but facilities for visitors are below par. This will mean Stonehenge will be ready to cope with all the extra visitors expected because of the Olympics. The proposed design was unveiled by English Heritage on Monday and the capital investment announced today means that our most iconic World Heritage Site will finally be able to welcome visitors in a way that is fitting to its international importance.
For more information about our proposals, please go to www.stonehengevisitorcentre.org.
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