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Funding boost for Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park
Milton Keynes Council has matched English Heritage funding

World War II code-breaking centre Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire is to be given 600,000 for repairs.

Following a vote by local residents, Milton Keynes Council has agreed to pay 100,000 a year for three years, matching a pledge by English Heritage.

The deal means the historical site, which is in a poor state of repair, will be given 600,000 over the period.

English Heritage paid 330,000 in 2008 for roof repairs at the site, seen as the birthplace of the modern computer.

'Supporting the economy'

Director of Bletchley Park Trust Simon Greenish said: "The vital endorsement takes us one step closer to achieving our aim of creating a world-class educational and heritage site."

Bletchley was the base where Allied code-breakers intercepted messages that had been encrypted by the German Enigma machines.

Councillor Vanessa McPake, council cabinet member responsible for heritage and culture, said: "In this time of economic downturn more people are likely to be holidaying in the UK.

"So Bletchley Park has a real role to play in supporting the economy of Milton Keynes."

English Heritage threw down the gauntlet to outside organisations to donate 100,000 a year for three years when they funded roof repairs.

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