Last Friday saw the Heritage Centre and Tourist Information Centre in Glossop close their doors for the last time at their Henry Street base.
I think overall this is a shame, and that the council response whilst welcome in terms of looking at a review of ‘visitor services’ across Glossopdale dose appear to be slightly tardy coming as done after the existing premises have shut down.
Now whilst I think there may have been a lack of clarity about when, why and what was happening overall which may have prevented such a review for taking place earlier I do hope the review will take place as quickly as possible so that options can be considered as soon as possible, I also think that it would be a worthwhile topic for consideration at the next area forum due to take place in October.
In terms of my own view, whilst the ‘interim’ measure of having leaflet’s in the Town Hall is welcome, at least until the review is complete urgent attention should be given to making sure leaflets are available elsewhere such as somewhere within the Market, because a time when many visitors tend to come is weekend, when the Town hall is shut, making it a fairly useless interim solution.
When the review dose come, for my own money I think greater consideration should be given to looking at the unit on Glossop Rail Station that has in the past been a shop and taxi office, but would surely make a perfect place at least for tourist information services.