Hereford & Worcester

Ledbury tourist information centre reopens despite cuts

A Herefordshire tourist information centre (TIC) that was shut due to budget cuts is due to reopen as part of a privately-run internet cafe.

It was moved from Ledbury High Street to the county council's Market House in 2008 to help it save money but footfall fell from about 40,000 to 8,000 people.

The TIC made a loss, despite being subsidised by the Conservative-led county council, and closed in February.

After a campaign to save it the TIC will open in the high street on Monday.

Ledbury's deputy mayor, independent town councillor Tony Bradford, said: "We raised the issue at a town council meeting and people felt it was very important that we should have our own tourist information centre."

Mr Bradford said he hoped that by placing the TIC near the Homend end of the high street it would increase footfall for the independent traders there, who sometimes missed out on custom because they were at the top of an incline.

The TIC is due to open in Ice Bytes internet cafe and ice-cream parlour on Monday.

  • 6 March, 2011: This report has been amended following new information supplied by the owner.

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