EARTH CENTRE FUTURE FUNDING TALKS

BOSSES at the troubled Earth Centre are still in talks over the future funding of the site.

And despite making ten jobs redundant last month, they now say the future for the Denaby Main visitor attraction looks more optimistic.

Chief executive Matthew Beck told the Free Press that no more jobs would go, leaving 65 permanent members of staff at the centre.

However, finding funding to replace the Millennium Commission grant that set the centre up in 1999 remains a priority. Talks are ongoing with the centre's partners, including Doncaster Council and regeneration agency Yorkshire Forward, and with outside bodies.

Mr Beck said: "We create a lot of our own revenue from the education centre, business centre and conference suites. Visitor figures are up and we are working with our partners and the local community.

"Of course we are in talks with other funding bodies and looking at outside sources of funding. But at present things are stable and our doors will remain open throughout the winter."

The future of the Denaby Main visitor attraction, which was one of the Millennium Commission's flagship projects, launched with 35.8 million of lottery funding, was called into question last month after it was revealed that only 200,000 of the cash remained.