Tourism plan too ‘negative’

The Marine Hall, Fleetwood
The Marine Hall, Fleetwood
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A ROW has broken out between community leaders over the best way to attract tourists.

Wyre’s Tourism Task Group has spent months compiling a report in the hope of finding new ways to bring people in.

Among the 10 recommendations listed in the report were plans to move Fleetwood’s Tourist Information Centre to the Marine Hall and close down the Cleveleys building and replace it with a Tourist Information Point.

The group were also in favour of severing the council’s ties with the Wyre Tourism Association (WTA), which Coun Lynne Bowen, 
cabinet member for leisure and tourism, 
labelled “negative”.

Speaking during Wyre’s cabinet meeting, she said: “It appears to me these recommendations are extremely negative and there’s nothing positive about the report at all.

“At the last WTA meeting members were annoyed and felt the task group was completely out of touch with 
tourism in Wyre.”

Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins, chairman of the report, disagreed and backed the idea of disassociating themselves from the name “Wyre” and concentrate on promoting Cleveleys, Fleetwood, Garstang and Poulton separately, because she claims the borough’s name is unfamiliar with people living outside the area.

She added: “In this day and age so many people use their computers to find information, but it’s essential the town’s names are mentioned rather than just Wyre.”

Coun Peter Gibson added: “If you Google Fleetwood, the top three hits are Fleetwood Town FC, wikipedia and Visit Wyre, which links all of the places together.”

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