Durham councillors given sneak preview of multi-million tourist attraction

Council leaders have been given a behind the scenes preview of a 31m scheme set to transform a County Durham town into a tourist hotspot. Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council1 and Councillor Neil Foster met with representatives from the Eleven Arches project in Bishop Auckland. These included patron Jonathan Ruffer, CEO Anne-Isabelle Daulon, trustee Stefa McManners and chairman Peter Watherston, there to get a first-hand insight into plans for the project, which will showcase epic chapters in our history as seen through the eyes of the North East.

The attraction hopes to attract around 112,000 visitors to 14 shows next summer which is hoped will generate 4.75m. It is also hoped it could create around 232 full time jobs in the area. Coun Henig, said: The Eleven Arches project, along with the wider work of Auckland Castle Trust, presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for Bishop Auckland and the whole of County Durham2 .

As well as an amazing cultural event that promises an attraction like nothing else in the country, the project will also provide a massive boost in terms of both jobs and the local economy.

We re delighted to see first-hand that work is progressing well to create this fantastic new attraction and the council will continue to offer its full support to help bring about these huge benefits for County Durham.

Durham Councillors Given Sneak Preview Of Multi-million Tourist Attraction Work on the Eleven Arches site in Bishop Auckland

Inspired by the Puy de Fou historical leisure park in Western France, the Eleven Arches project will have significant social and economic impact in County Durham. The addition of a unique night show will contribute to drawing crowds from across Britain and beyond, and developers hope visitors to the region will extend their trips to include a night stay to visit Eleven Arches. Stefa said: We were delighted to welcome the council leader Simon Henig and Councillor Neil Foster for a behind the scenes look at the progress on site.

The groundswell of support, excitement and commitment from the community has been overwhelming and inspires a real sense of pride for everyone involved.

To have the councillors support and backing for what we are all collectively trying to achieve is so important.

Eleven Arches is an extraordinary opportunity not just for Bishop Auckland but for County Durham as a whole.

References

  1. ^ Durham County Council (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ County Durham (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)

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