Stonehenge visitor centre saved by lottery's £10m

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The £27m project to build a new visitor centre at Stonehenge and make other much-needed improvements to the world heritage site received a boost last night when the Heritage Lottery Fund said it would contribute £10m. Visitors have long expressed disappointment and sometimes astonishment at the state of facilities at the iconic monument in Wiltshire.

English Heritage announced plans last year to build a new visitor centre, including a cafe and education facilities, a mile and a half from the ancient stones. Visitors would reach the site via a low-key transport system, the present car park would be grassed over and a road that passes close to the stones closed.

The project suffered a major blow in the summer when £10m of government funding was withdrawn, wrecking plans for the new facilities to be ready by 2012 to coincide with Olympics year....

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