Dorchester BID Calls For TIC To Stay

Phil Gordon

Published at 12:43pm 11th June 2015. (Updated at 12:44pm 11th June 2015)

Project Manager for the BID, Phil Gordon is calling for businesses and shops in Dorchester to fight to keep the town's TIC.

The Dorchester BID say the town's TIC must say.

The centre is in danger of being closed because West Dorset District Council say they'll have £9M less to spend on tourism in future years.

Project Manager for the BID, Phil Gordon says that would be the wrong decision.

"I think it's a false economy.  I think if it was to close, then people that would find out only afterwards it was closed would be up in arms and they would have to spend more money reopening it again."

"I think we all need to get behind supporting the TIC.  The businesses need it, the shops need it, let's get a campaign going to keep it open."

A consultation has now started.  Bridport TIC is also under threat and services in Sherborne and Lyme Regis are also being reviewed.

West Dorset District Council are conducting a survey to capture the views of TIC customers and local residents plus local businesses and organisations.

People can fill in the survey online at and go to Dorset Consultation Tracker or pick up a survey from the district council-run TICs.

People have from now until 4.30pm on Friday 3 July to take part in the survey. Paper copies may be returned to the TICs or the district council's offices at South Walks House, Dorchester.

West Dorset District Council Leader Cllr Anthony Alford said: "Tourism is very important to West Dorset and I encourage residents and visitors to West Dorset to fill in the survey to ensure we collect as many views as possible to help us to design the future of the tourism information service."


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