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Green light for Kettlewell community/visitor centre
Thurs 10 January

THE Yorkshire Dales National Park has given the go ahead for a new community and visitor centre in the tourist honeypot village of Kettlewell - and work will start almost immediately.

The park already runs a car park in the village but other facilities - particularly the loos - have been subject of sometimes acrimonious debate for several years.

Kettlewell, a Yorkshire Dales honeypot
The new building, situated on the existing car park, will incorporate modern and accessible toilet facilities, a community and ranger office and a covered bus shelter. The project has been made possible through a partnership between the National Park Authority, Craven District Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

Jon Avison, head of park management, commented: "Approval for the application means that work can now get underway on a much needed building and by consulting with the local community we have been able to design a building largely in step with their wishes.

"Despite opposition from some of the neighbours, the building does have the backing of the parish council and when built it will benefit not only the local community but also the many visitors who come to the area.

"In the past visitors to Kettlewell have been greeted with substandard facilities. This will end when the new building is opened and it is hoped that more people will be encouraged to visit and enjoy the area, which is hoping to rebuild post foot and mouth."

A new website dedicated to Kettlewell Village is soon to be launched. Join the Daelnet mailing list to keep up to date with the developments.

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