Protest at TIC closure gains pace
WITHIN 10 minutes of the launch of the petition last Saturday to save Wimborne TIC from closure people were queuing to write their signatures.
The organisers are Chris Brown, town crier and Anthony Oliver, a former Mayor, who is a Minster Churchwarden and chairman of the Minster's tourism committee.
Anthony said: "I was shocked to learn the news about the possible closure of the Tourist Information Centre in Wimborne. The tourism officer Rachel Limb, the manager, Lindsay Lawrence and all the staff at the TIC, are always so very pleasant and helpful to the many visitors who call at the centre throughout the year. The TIC is often the first port of call by the large number of tourists who visit the town.
"Residents too use it and of course it is the ticket outlet for National Express Coaches and numerous events held in an around the area. We need to explore every avenue possible to ensure the centre does not close down in November."
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Anthony added: "In just over two hours over 300 people had signed. They came from far and wide including Bath, Plymouth and Spain. Two ladies from Bath commented that on arrival in the town the first place they went was the Tourist Information Centre for a map and to find out what was going on in the area. They didn't use an on-line facility because they hadn't got it. The council say this is one of the reasons for the change that people are now doing more and more on line.
Three other couples had just moved to the Town and were full of praise for the TIC and all the helpfulness they had received."
At the time of going to press, signatures were up to 500.
Petition Forms are available for signing in Square Records, Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Rumours Hairdressers in Crown Mead, No 9 on the Green and No 9, West Borough. Further copies of the forms can be obtained from Anthony Oliver on 01202 888703.
The final decision on the possible closure of the TIC will be made by councillors in September.
Letter from Rosemary McDonald, former manager of the TIC on page 27.