Sill bid up for final heritage lottery funding

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Developers behind a new visitor centre will find out later this month if their application for funding has been approved.

A decision for Heritage Lottery Funding for The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre will be taken later this month.

The project, being led by Northumberland National Park Authority in conjunction with the Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales), is being supported by a number of key partners including Northumberland County Council.

In order to help secure the Heritage Lottery Fund’s investment towards the £13m project, Northumberland County Council have agreed to make available up to £2m for the project.

Council leader, Grant Davey, said: “The county council fully supports the National Park Authority in its bid to deliver such an ambitious project. The county council wishes to promote both economic growth and employment and the visitor economy across the whole of Northumberland.”

John Riddle, chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “This has been an exciting and complex project to develop, not least in the challenges we have faced getting funding.

“As we reach one of the final hurdles, I am pleased to have received such significant support from the county council.”

Should the bid from HLF be successful, the National Park Authority and their partners will need to continue to fundraise to provide all the match funding required to make the project work.

The project aims to begin in Autumn 2015 with the Centre opening in 2017.