£7M funding for tourism projects

Almost £7m in funding has been earmarked to support three projects designed to boost tourism in the Sheffield City Region.

At a Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) meeting, chaired by mayor Dan Jarvis, members agreed Local Growth Fund (LGF) money for the schemes in Rotherham and Doncaster.

Funding of £5m was approved for the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, while packages of £1.5m and £400,000 were also agreed for Gullivers Valley and the Vulcan to the Sky projects respectively.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park secured planning permission earlier this year for a 150-acre expansion. The extension will provide a new entrance, expanded car parking, many new animal reserves and a large lake. There will be also a visitor hub incorporating a 148-bedroom hotel, an events and conference venue, restaurants and shops, creating more than 230 additional full time-equivalent jobs.

The funding for Gullivers Valley will go towards the £7.5m cost of the whole project. The theme park, will be built on the Pithouse West site in Rotherham, and will offer rides and attractions, as well as a water play zone, a climbing zone and an ecology centre with forest classrooms and outdoor learning.

Finally, funding for the Vulcan to the Sky project will help to create a permanent home in Doncaster for the restored Vulcan XH558 bomber. The new hangar will tell the story of the Royal Air Force during the Cold War and providing public access to the Vulcan. It will also host conferences and private events.

Dan Jarvis said: "It's great to be able to fund such a diverse range of projects, which will create new jobs, boost our visitor economy and complement the existing range of fantastic arts, culture and heritage sites we have here in our region.

"Not only do cultural attractions enrich our quality of life, but they act as a driver for economic growth. By working together, we can be more than the sum of our parts."


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