Weymouth TIC Closes Today
7:01am 14th April 2013
The Council-run Tourist Information Centre at Weymouth Pavillion closes today (14th April).
However, a shop on the Esplanade have taken matters into their own hands and opened a Visitors Information point.
The owner of Tom & Erin's Gift shop, Chris Steadman, told Wessex FM that he was unhappy with Weymouth & Portland Council's handling of the situation, "It's quite disgusting that the Council have decided not to offer information to what is basically a tourist town. One of the most disappointing things has been that, it has been quite widely spread that we are trying to create it (the new visitors information point), but the Council have not once come to us and asked us if they could help us or get involved."
Nevertheless, Chris added, "we are more than happy for people to come in, bring in any information they want us to display, it is totally free of charge. Any hoteliers that want to be involved with us, they were complaining before that they paid the old TIC a figure and they didn't get any response, well now it doesn't cost them a penny. Bring along their information and we will promote.
Wessex FM asked Nick Thornley, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Leisure and Tourism Manager, for a response to Chris' disappointment with teh Council's lack of involvement. He replied, "I don't think we've had a direct approach with the gift shop, we've had some other direct approaches. But, I think the idea is to gather all those different approaches in and fairly work with one of those."
He continued to say, "We are setting up new tourist information points at the Harbour Office at Custom House Quay and at the council offices at North Quay as quickly as possible.The council continues to support the Visit-Dorset.com tourism website as an efficient and effective means of providing quality information to visitors and local residents."
Councillors agreed in February to close Weymouth's Tourist Information Centre as part of measures to help the borough council balance its budget and cope with reductions in public spending.