Tourist centre under review

Worksop Tourist Information Office is under review
Worksop Tourist Information Office is under review
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Tourist information centres in Worksop and Retford could close as Bassetlaw Council looks to modernise services.

The tourist information centres (TICs) at the old library on Memorial Avenue, Worksop, and on Grove Street, Retford, are currently under review. And five part-time staff are facing redundancy.

The council says other options need to be considered to promote tourism in Bassetlaw, including more modern ways of getting messages to residents and visitors, like websites and social media.

Bassetlaw Council said the budgeted cost of running the two centres was £55,400 a year, but that the actual cost was much higher.

And councillors will soon have to decide how that money would be best spent.

Coun David Pressley, portfolio holder for community prosperity, said: “It’s clear fro our visitor profiles that demand for the services provided by our TICs is declining.”

“This is a nationwide trend and other local authorities in high profile destination areas have taken the decision to review TICs.”

He said a common approach was to look as combining TICs with other council services such as One Stop Shops, libraries and museums. And the council confirmed that preliminary discussions had already taken place with Worksop Library.

In a discussion at last month’s cabinet meeting, Coun Barry Bowles suggested that proposing closure of the two centres was ‘abandoning all encouragement for tourism in Bassetlaw’.

A petition to ‘Save Our Tourist Information Centres’ has been set up and is available to sign at the Worksop office.