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'No need for manned TIC in Hunstanton'

Efforts by campaigners to force a promise that West Norfolk Council may consider reinstating a manned tourist information centre in Hunstanton post-pandemic were rejected at Thursday's full council meeting.

Yvonne Bridger said that 2,283 people had signed a petition asking the council to reverse its policy of closing the manned TIC in the town hall and installing it in the last remaining part of the old railway station, known as "The Coal Shed" as an unmanned facility.

She said the decision had been taken with "unnecessary haste" in an effort to present it as a fait accompli.

Hunstanton will get an unmanned TIC in the Coal Shed (44066520)
Hunstanton will get an unmanned TIC in the Coal Shed (44066520)

But the leader of the council, Brian Long, said: "Usage of tourist information centres have massively decreased in recent years.

"We are not along in reducing this service and we were very quick to provide an unmanned alternative. This year's attendance at Hunstanton after the lifting ofthe pandemic restrictions saw far, far more visiting the town than was expected.

"Tourist information centres generally are a thing I might suggest of the past. Even major towns and cities are deciding to withdraw manned TICs. Oxford, Cambridge and event Bath do not have a manned TIC."

Hunstanton councillor Paul Beal attacked the council over the decision saying: "I am convinced this borough has no interest in tourism in Hunstanton."

But Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said the council was working very hard to promote tourism throughout the borough.

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