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Tourist Office

On 1 Apr 2014 at 12:01am Border Control wrote:
Now Lewes District council have vacated the Finance Offices in Fisher Street in order to save money. Maybe someone will wake up to the fact that the Tourist Office (not used by locals! I might add ! special expenses etc !) is in a very high rental value shop, which it needn't be should be relocated to a smaller kiosk immediately. What do the Councillors think of that suggestion then ?
On 1 Apr 2014 at 12:34am Bongo wrote:
I'm a local, and use the tourist office frequently - mainly for cheap train tickets. It's in a convenient location, and is quite a busy place. What do you want there instead - another antique shop?
On 1 Apr 2014 at 1:21am Frequent Flier wrote:
That just proves what a con train tickets are ! But that's worth another thread.
On 1 Apr 2014 at 7:48am Xplorer1 wrote:
BC - tourism is a major source of income and employment in the town. It's in an ideal location for its purpose.
On 1 Apr 2014 at 9:22am Hoogy Strapon wrote:
The tourist office must stay where it is.
Then I can buy the finance office for a song from my mates at the council, fiddle about pretending to be trying to run a business from it, run it down to dereliction, then get change of use to luxury apartments* and so make a killing from you peasants.
I do believe the phrase I'm looking for here is 'AVESUM!'
*what none o you local peasants on local wages could even afford to put down a deposit on.
On 1 Apr 2014 at 9:52am Thomas Jerome Newton wrote:
the language used in the OP is very telling isn't it?
"wake up to the fact" - ie someone is wilfully blind/asleep on the job
"not used by locals!" - ie only locals are important (and can survive without outsiders?)"
"What do the Councillors think of that suggestion then ?" - suggesting the councillor ignore many equally "valuable" suggestions
Every day I read the forum hoping that the deranged nonsense from some posters is overshadowed by a new wave of posters with more to offer. But it's exhausting dealing with people like this so most people just leave it I guess
On 1 Apr 2014 at 10:41am Bumpkin wrote:
I think the tourist office in the place it should, being;
a)In a prominent position not too far from the main points where tourist would come in from. i.e the railway station and bus station
b)In a place easily describable to people coming in. (One of the most asked questions where I work)
On 1 Apr 2014 at 11:10am Estate Agent wrote:
I took it that there are cheaper premises available, and that public money is short. I don't think any one can argue that one.
On 1 Apr 2014 at 11:57am Rods Tiger wrote:
Border Control - At least 50% of customers in the Tourist Office are locals. I suspect that Lewes District Councillors do not need suggestions as to what to do with it as they are already planning to shut it down, as in Brighton. Would that suit you better ?
On 1 Apr 2014 at 2:59pm bastian wrote:
I would like to see the tourist office move in to the magistrates court along with a National park centre, overnight accomodation for visitors to the park and a garden at the side with NO MORE SHOPS built in it but a cafe for cheap breakfasts for walkers and a lecture room for visiting speakers about the landscape and importance of the rare habitat we have here on our doorsteps (which is free to enter and enjoy). the bus stops right out side so anyone wanting public transport tickets and those who find walking difficult would be able to get to it and it would be a feather in the cap of the county town, not a role over for the developers.
On 1 Apr 2014 at 3:01pm bastian wrote:
Oh yeah, and maybe a display space for photographs and paintings of the outstanding natural beauty we are surrounded by.
On 1 Apr 2014 at 5:16pm Tipex wrote:
In my experience staff there don't actually know much about Lewes. They'll just hunt around for a leaflet. I think all tourist information centres could be more proactive in promoting local sights and businesses.
On 1 Apr 2014 at 5:17pm Active Pensioner wrote:
Lewes really needs to invest in tourism. Not just the parking and more affordable accommodation. Coach park for visitors on a level plain, with easy access to toilets and town, visitor centre etc.
The ideal space would be alongside the river adjacent to the Linklater pavilion. If we keep harrassing our Shearings and Harry Shaw's then they will go elsewhere. I know this will be an unpopular post, but the position is ideal, and when I moved to Lewes it was a railway siding and a coal yard.
On 1 Apr 2014 at 5:47pm Somebody wrote:
The council are well aware of the prime retail value of the tourist office site. Discussions have been had about where it could be moved to. I am aware of at least one option that has been vetoed. It is only a matter of time.
On 1 Apr 2014 at 8:22pm The Old Mayor wrote:
I like the National Park Hostel idea ! And all that went with it.
BTW I heard on the radio recently Ambleside in the Lake District National Park were fighting The Premier Inn's planning application as being unsuitable in a National Park. Mostly on the fact the didn't want a big brand. Destroying the cosy small businesses and B & B's etc. one for us to watch maybe ?
On 2 Apr 2014 at 6:42pm Active Pensioner wrote:
Finally. I borrowed a brochure today and worked out that Shearings alone bring over two hundred visitors to Lewes each week. And we off load em at the tunnel entrance and in Friars Walk, then they have to buzz off to North Street or a layby on the by pass for two or three hours. Then there's Archies of Hamilton, Owens, Alpha, Harry Shaw, plus the continentals. Great for the town, bad for the coach companies, spose if they keep coming, LDC will do nothing to welcome them. It's a tourist economy for goodness sake!!
On 2 Apr 2014 at 8:23pm Harriet wrote:
Yeah, I've seen those old folk, on day trips from Eastbourne hobbling round the town, asking where the toilets are. They don't actually buy anything, cos they can't carry it. A few might have a coffee, but that's it. Usually on a Wednesday.

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