20 February 2017
North Lincolnshire Council has given planning approval for the £350,000 Belton Visitor Centre at Belton County Park.
Permission was granted subject to conditions. The design plans are currently being looked at to meet these conditions and it is expected that work will start in the spring. It will take around six or seven months for work to be finished on site.
Within the visitor centre at Belton Country Park will be information boards about the local area and wildlife, a café, classroom for children to learn about the area and a Changing Places toilet facility.
The visitor centre and country park will link into the Isle of Axholme Greenway, which is a walking, running and cycling route starting in Scunthorpe that heads towards Crowle and then onto Belton and Haxey.
This all forms part of the wider plans for the Isle of Axholme Landscape Partnership project. The partnership received around £1.9m funding for Heritage Lottery to deliver the project.
Cllr Neil Poole, cabinet member for Environment, said:
“We are investing £350,000 into building the visitor centre at Belton Country Park to create a top tourist spot in the Isle of Axholme for visitors and residents.
“The country park is teeming with wildlife that is just waiting to be explored. The visitor centre will encourage the local community and young people to discover what is right on their doorstep and get a little bit closer to nature.
“The café will be a great stop off point for walkers, runners and cyclists along the Isle of Axholme Greenway.
“A Changing Places toilet facility is going to be installed, to ensure that the visitor centre is accessible to all.
“Once we have addressed the conditions of the planning approval, we are looking at starting work in the spring.”