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Voting appeal in funds fight; DUDLEY: Lottery bid for cash to reopen caverns and canals.

Byline: By Steve Johnson

RESIDENTS are being urged to register now and get behind a Black Country bid to win a massive pounds 50 million from the Big Lottery Fund.

The Black Country Urban Park is one of four projects heading towards a national vote by internet and phone in The People's pounds 50 million contest.

If successful in the ITV vote, the exciting environmental project will reopen the vast caverns and underground canals in Dudley to create one of Europe's largest underground attractions.

Voting on-line starts on November 26 and people should get prepared as they must pre-register before casting their vote.

They should log onto www.the peoples50 and follow the instructions.

Dudley Council cabinet member Coun Charles Fraser Macnamara said: "It is really important we all get prepared in time for on-line voting.

"The website has a wealth of information about the Dudley bid and people can also pledge their messages for support on it.

"But please remember that by pledging your support you are not voting. You will still need to log on and vote when on-line voting starts on November 26."

Black Country Urban Park includes four key elements - reopening the cathedral-sized caverns beneath Dudley, a 12-mile "green bridge" park lining Walsall and West Bromwich town centres, widespread regeneration of Wolverhampton's canal network and improved access to green places.

The partners in the bid are the Black Country Consortium, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton councils and The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country.
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Date:Nov 12, 2007
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