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Councillors praise "sensational" Castle Hill plans
12:00pm Tuesday 12th March 2013 in Local
COUNCILLORS have praised “sensational” multi-million pound plans to regenerate Castle Hill, creating a new joint entrance for the town’s trio of top tourist attractions.
Members of Dudley Council’s Development Control committee unanimously approved the £10.1m plans to provide a single entrance and 600 car parking facility for Dudley Zoo, the Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Canal Trust, as well as a new colourful, welcome plaza entrance, complete with life size animal sculptures for the zoo.
Councillor Qadar Zada, said: “This application puts Dudley at the centre stage and particularly the zoo development.
“I think the gateway to Dudley is the location of the zoo and Black Country Living Museum, so it is nice to see this exciting development happening in this territory.
“This will look sensational, a really good facility and will make Dudley a tourist attraction for the future.”
Work has already got underway on creating the new access roads off Tipton Road, with the work on the joint entrance expected to start in late spring / early summer which will be ready for business towards the end of 2014.
The site, which incorporates Peggy’s Meadow, will be linked by a pedestrian recreational route, complete with sculptures and natural water features and will also include a manned tourist hub in the centre where visitors will be able to gain information on all three attractions.
Committee chairman, cllr Rachel Harris praised the “carefully thought through application” adding: “We want to ensure visitors come in and stay for as long as possible and have a good experience at our tourist attractions. It has been a long time coming.”