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7 February 2010, 07:45 | Updated: 7 February 2010, 07:51
The campaign to save Colchester's Roman Circus has been given a massive boost this weekend.
The Borough Council's donating £30,000 to it. £200,000 needs to be raised by the end of this month to buy land next to the historic site, and campaigners are still £50,000 short.
Speaking on behalf of the Cabinet, Deputy Leader Martin Hunt said: “We wish to make it absolutely clear that we are fully committed to securing and preserving as much of the Roman Circus site as possible and we hope this contribution will secure the ownership of the starting gates which are a vital part of the site.”
Cllr Lyn Barton, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Sustainability and Environmental, added: “The Public Appeal is going from strength to strength and I am delighted that we have been able to make a further contribution. We are totally committed to this project and feel it is vital to preserve the starting gates site at all costs.”
It's hoped the land will be turned into a visitor centre, to encourage more people to come to the town and the tourist attraction.