It's great to see Betteshanger Sustainable Parks, and their impressive visitor centre really taking shape. The building is going to be superb – a blend of heritage and innovation in an all-encompassing scheme. It is a real victory for the hard work of so many who have fought so hard to make this project happen.
As part of the "topping out' ceremony, held to mark the building of the centre's frame being completed, I hopped on a bike and used pedal power to help raise an "evergreen" wreath to the top of the building, recognising the centre's focus on green technology.
The official opening of the centre, part of a 121-hectare site which was once a coal colliery, is scheduled for spring 2017. It will house the Kent Mining Museum, the Green Energy Centre, a restaurant, cycle centre, shops, a conference suite and event facilities. The centre is part of a wider £40 million regeneration project.
Hadlow College deserve high praise for the future they are seeking to build. Now schools, residents, tourists and everyone else will be able to enjoy the state-of-the-art facility for years to come.
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