Petition to Save Brigg Tourist Information
25 March 2011
by Scunny Independent News
Council Responds to Petition to Save Brigg Tourist Information Centre
Following the budget covered on VisitScunthorpe.com last month, the Council announced that it would be making changes to the Tourist Information Provision in Brigg Town Centre.
Currently the Tourist Information Centre is housed in the Buttercross. The Buttercross was originally built in 1871, and was opened by Dianna Princess Of Wales on the 20th March 1988 following refurbishment work marking the move of the Tourist Information Centre to the building.
At the time the former Glanford Council converted the upstairs of the room into a luxurious function room which including the fitting of chandeliers.
The building is now however once again in need of repair and more money spending on it. Last year the Brigg Tourist Information Centre scored 93% in a national survey carried out by Visit England ranking it 9th in the country based on their responses to telephone calls and emails.
Following a meeting between campaigners and North Lincolnshire Council yesterday, it has been announced that extra tourist information services are to be offered in Brigg.
Former Tory councillor for Brigg and Wolds (no indipendant) John Berry and former mayor of Brigg Mike Campion met with council leader Mark Kirk to discuss plans to transfer tourist information services in Brigg from the Buttercross into The Angel.
As part of plans to save ï¿½15-million as a result of government cuts, North Lincolnshire Council is looking at ways in which it can maintain public services but cut costs.
As part of the money-saving plans, tourism services will instead move a few yards up the road into The Angel, alongside plans to re-locate Brigg Library to the same building.
Cllr Berry and Mr Campion requested the meeting following discussions with Brigg residents.
And as a result of the discussions, Cllr Kirk has revealed extra tourist services will be offered in the town on market days and at other major events. State-of-the-art technology will also be introduced at The Angel to increase the amount of information even further.
Cllr John Berry, ward councillor for Brigg and Wolds ward, said: "We are all fully aware of the council's need to look at making savings to balance the books. But I believe any savings should not be at the detriment to the tourist services provided in Brigg. I requested a meeting with Cllr Kirk to discuss how we could keep tourism services in Brigg and I am pleased he has agreed to listen and act upon my concerns.ï¿½
Cllr Mark Kirk said: "I'm aware of a petition going around Brigg but it doesn't tell the full story - for some reason the local Tories are misleading local residents. Cllr Berry requested a meeting and I was more than happy to listen to his genuine concerns and I have assured him that the council will do everything it can to maintain as much of a service as we possibly can, yet still make the savings we need to ensure we can meet the ï¿½19-million savings the Tory-led government is forcing us to make."
Mr Campion added: ï¿½Brigg is well known for the quality of the tourism services it offers. I am pleased Cllr Kirk has guaranteed information for tourists will remain in Brigg.ï¿½
Once again we see evidence of how the governmentï¿½s cuts are making a real difference to services in North Lincolnshire. There is a demonstration organised for 12pm this Saturday (26th) meeting outside the council offices in Church Square Scunthorpe, and marching through the town to Pitwood House.
The demonstration has been organised independently of any political group by local people in North Lincolnshire who are opposed to the cuts, and argue that instead of slashing public services the government should look at recovering the ï¿½850Billion used to bail out the banks and the ï¿½100Billion per year, lost in tax avoidance and evasion by large companies in the UK.
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