organisations 'express interest' in taking over tourist centre
organisations have come forward to take over Burnham-On-Sea's
Tourist Information Centre, it has been announced this week.
four unnamed organisations have submitted formal 'expressions
of interest' to the Town Council's working party which was set
up earlier this year to find a new group to run the struggling
comes after cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council announced
last November that it could no longer afford to fund the premises.
Town Council came to the rescue in
February when it give a £50,000 lifeline to keep it
open until 31 March 2011, alongside £28,000 from the district
council, but a long-term solution is needed to keep it open.
Neville Jones, Chairman of the Tourist Information Centre Working
Party, has written to interested parties this week announcing
the news that four groups are in the running to take it over.
states: "I can tell you that to date there have been expressions
of interest from four organisations in being part of the running
of the TIC, although commercial sensitivity means I am unable
to say at this time who these organisations are. Discussions with
these organisations are ongoing."
hope you will be delighted to know that following the Town Councils
agreement to provide funding of £50,000 for the financial
year 2010/11, and the provision of a further £28,000 from
Sedgemoor District Council, the Tourist Information Centre will
remain open until 31st March 2011 with only minor changes to the
way in which it operates."
means that there is now a 'breathing space' in which to find alternative
ways of funding and running a Tourist Information Centre in the
remit of the Working Party therefore is to secure funds for the
long term future of a Tourist Information facility for Burnham,
and to produce a feasibility plan, financial plan and management
plan for such a facility. This does not, however, rule out some
closer scrutiny of current practices during 2001/11."
the Working Party is gathering information on how other Tourist
Information Centres in the southwest are run, and more importantly,
how they are funded to see if any lessons can be learnt."
added that the next meeting of the Working Party is scheduled
for Monday 24th May, and in the meantime members of the group
are also visiting other Tourist Information Centres. Burnham-On-Sea.com
will continue to track progress of the group.