Axe looms over tourism offices

Tourists in a busy Cleveleys and (below) Coun Lynne Bowen.
Tourists in a busy Cleveleys and (below) Coun Lynne Bowen.
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TOURIST information centres could be sacrificed in a bid to attract more visitors to Wyre.

Facilities in Cleveleys and Fleetwood are both under threat and town hall bosses say the move could save more than £65,000 even though they only open for the summer.

Coun Lynne Bowen

Coun Lynne Bowen

Wyre Council’s Tourism Task Group said they would prefer to re-locate the buildings rather than close them down as councillors say their current locations are not attracting as many tourists as possible.

Coun Lynne Bowen, leisure and culture portfolio holder, told The Gazette: “We think the Cleveleys centre is in the wrong place and it’s only manned during weekends over the summer and closed during the winter, so if we can move it to a better position on the Promenade or near Victoria Road, it would be better.”

The task group claim the sale of the existing Fleetwood Tourist Information Centre on the Esplanade and re-location of it to the Marine Hall would save the council £35,000 a year on costs and earn them £31,500 from the sale of the building.

Jane Littlewood, who runs the Visit Cleveleys website, added: “There used to be a cabin on Cleveleys high street and it was always busy and everyone used it because it was right in the middle of town.

“I’ve said time after time that it was really good and it worked really well, so it might be worth re-visiting that.”

The council said any cash saved could also be funnelled into other areas to help bring in holidaymakers. Coun 
Bowen said: “The other benefits of moving them would give tourists a seven day a week service and will increase the footfall into the areas.”

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