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Issue No. 17 [Back Issues]
2nd November 2004


Herefordshire Needs Ross-on-Wye Heritage Centre and TIC
 


Ross-on-Wye Heritage Centre helping tourism during the spring of this year.
     

Ross-on-Wye is a town which depends on tourism!

With local shop keepers and other businesses already struggling to make a living due to excessively high business rates, non central supermarkets and an unfriendly road system which causes passing traffic to do exactly that, Herefordshire council now propose to fully sound the market town's death knell by making cuts in local services which may result in the closure of both Ross Heritage Centre and the Tourist Information Centre.

What will happen if Ross Heritage Centre were to close?

Will Ross-on-Wye's ancient sandstone Market House building stand empty and unused for years, as it did after being vacated by Ross Library?

Ross Heritage Centre has, during its eight year history become a vital part of the town. Not only is it an interesting and educational place for local children to learn the history of Ross-on-Wye but it is also a source of information to visitors and a valuable asset to local artists and crafts people, enabling them to exhibit their work. The Heritage Centre provides craft workshops for children to attend during the school holidays and during bank holidays, every effort is made by the centre's friendly and helpful staff to provide some form of entertainment for both local people and visitors alike to enjoy.

The closure of this facility would be a great loss to local businesses, hotels and shops as the already declining number of visitors who do actually manage to find the town centre would have one less interesting and informative place to visit and may well decide to go elsewhere!

 


Two of the friendly and helpful staff at Ross-on-Wye Tourist Information Centre.

What would happen if Ross Tourist Information Centre were to close?

Although the internet is fast becoming the main attractor of visitors to Ross-on-Wye (and I know this from the amount of people who telephone me during the summer months, thinking that I am the Tourist Information Centre) there are still many people who do not currently have access to the internet. Ross-on-Wye would therefore have fewer visitors.

 


Any situation contributing to a decrease of tourism in the town would have direct and immediate impact on the local economy, not unlike foot and mouth disease did back in 2000!
With average wages in Herefordshire already well below national levels, any reduction of tourism would compound this further and lead to higher unemployment figures.
Your comments on these issues are welcome.



Now is the time for all good men (and women) . . .


'Empty your glasses, get off your bottoms and clear off home!'
(Not quite how it used to be phrased but I'm sure you get the gist!)

Before you do that however . . .

Why not spend the evening meeting old Potters Bar friends in the original
'Potters Bar' building for a

Potters Bar Reunion

Conservatory - Hope & Anchor

Original Potters Bar Music - recordings of the original juke box records!
At least one original barman - less hair than in those days but will wear a hat to hide it!
Even those who were under age are welcome - You must be old enough by now!

Saturday 27th November 2004 - 8:00 pm until 11:10 PRECISELY!!!
(Not overly serious about that last bit.)

Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, John Cleese, The Eagles, Steely Dan, Queen, Mott the Hoople, Bob Marley,
Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Squeeze, Eric Clapton, The Who, Pretenders, Genesis . . .


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