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Ground breaking celebration at Betteshanger Sustainable Parks

A ground breaking celebration was held on 30 october 2014 to mark the commencement of works on site for Betteshanger Sustainable Parks.

Officially launched in November 2013 at the House of Commons and in Dover, this phased development will see the creation of a new visitor centre at Betteshanger Country Park, incorporating the Kent Mining Heritage Museum and green energy centre, alongside the development of office space and micro-business incubation units, training and development, further and higher education on the Enterprise Park.   Betteshanger Sustainable Parks combines leisure, heritage, environmental sustainability, education and commerce; all entwined to deliver lasting and meaningful change. The first phase of this development, the new Visitor Centre, is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016.

Betteshanger Country Park will become a major visitor attraction, a unique eco-tourism destination, and part of the ongoing emergence of East Kent as a great place to live, work and visit.  Betteshanger Country Park will celebrate Kent’s coal mining heritage and environmental sustainable, and become a centre of excellence in health and wellbeing, focussed on sport and outdoor pursuits.  The new visitor centre will also house a café/restaurant, conferencing and event facilities and retail.

Over the next months a series of enabling works will take place, including ground investigation; buried services surveys; changing onsite access routes and relocating the children’s play area.  Work will commence in earnest in early 2015 in readiness for opening in 2016.  The Country Park will remain open to the public throughout the construction process.

 The development of the Enterprise Park will be in tandem with the Country Park and it is expected that the first building, a business incubation and training hub, will be completed by early 2017.

Extract from press release issued by Betteshanger Sustainable Parks

Posted on 31/10/2014