Volunteer ‘army’ needed for TIC

11:55 09 June 2014

A view of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5031-16-11SH

A view of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5031-16-11SH

Archant

An ‘army of volunteers’ is desperately needed to staff Exmouth’s new Tourist Information Centre, which could open in August.

A prefab ‘beach hut’, measuring 12ft by 12ft, is on order and will be placed in the Strand Gardens.

The earmarked site faces Moore’s Newsagents and TSB, and the building could be in place next month.

Town councillors rushed through rubberstamping £25,000 last week in a bid to set-up the service before the holiday season gets into full swing.

Desperate to ensure that tourists have a one-stop information shop during a summer which culminates in The Tour of Britain, the chamber of commerce, the town team and Stuart Line Cruises have all pledged to help.

Most of the cash comes from a £20,000 district council ‘development’ grant with the rest from the town hall and town team with the chamber furnishing the ‘hut’ and Stuart Line helping with marketing.

The TIC will be staffed by one paid tourism professional, backed by volunteers who will ‘meet and greet’ visitors in the town.

This will give the town hall time to train volunteers for next year.

It all follows the closure of the TIC in Travelworld last November.

At the last finance meeting, Mayor Bill Nash said: “A beach hut gives the wrong impression… this is going to be a sizeable building, sufficient for a desk, chair, literature, display stands and so on.”

Councillor Trevor Cope said: “Is this going to be one of those bottomless pits?

“We are trying to do something for this year and it’s the end of May. It’s insane.

“We should have been discussing this in February.”

Chairman of the finance committee David Chapman said: “We want to grow volunteers through the summer to protect the excessive use of our town staff…

“Counter enquires are coming in thick and fast while they are trying to do their ordinary work.

“I would say it is necessary to be quick…”

He added: “We already have two volunteers and this will be here for years to come.”

Ian Stuart, of Stuart Line Cruises, said: “There needs to be somewhere people can get information and ask questions. It needs to be done properly not just quickly.

“They are going to need an army of volunteers.”

Ian McQueen, chairman of Exmouth’s Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “The chamber is very pleased to be involved.

“We will do whatever we can to support the service in order to maximise the potential of one of Devon’s premier seaside resorts.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Janice is pictured with Managing Partner, Neil Curtis left and Exmouth Partner Ruskin Wilson after receiving her bouquet of flowers and card.

An accountant is celebrating her 30th anniversary with an Exmouth firm.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:36
Harry Wilkes celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends at Amberwood Nursing Home on Exeter Road this week. Harry is pictured enjoying his day with his family. Ref exe 8446-35-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

At least 40 friends and three generations of family turned out to celebrate the 100th birthday of Exmouth’s newest centenarian, Harry Wilkes.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
Yvonne Wardrop in the glider she flew in for her 90th birthday present.

An Exmouth great-grandmother has enjoyed a 90th birthday celebration with a difference – taking to the skies in a glider.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:29
Founder of Exmouth Zop passes away

Trudy Smith, who died earlier this month, aged 85, had a truly remarkable life.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:45
Swimmers head down to the River Exe on Saturday in the Topsham to Turf charity swim. Ref ext 7870-35-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Pictures:

Read more
Yesterday, 14:42
The Red Arrows at Sidmouth. Ref shs 5777-35-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Pictues:

Read more
Yesterday, 06:56
Littleham's Brianna Evans, currently Miss Devon is preparing for the Miss England competition. Ref exe 5655-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A Littleham teenager, whose hopes of becoming Miss England were dashed by a health scare, has been given automatic entry into next year’s contest.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
The family of Luke Hendrick are trying to raise awareness of the infection he died from

The family of an Exmouth man who died suddenly from an undiagnosed infection is launching an awareness campaign in his name.

Read more
Thu, 13:47
Members of EDDC's Streetscene team investigating the sink hole on Exmouth beach

Work on a section of Exmouth beach where a sink hole has appeared several times in the last two months is set to begin on Friday, August 28.

Read more
Thu, 12:56
Speedometer

Exmouth crime writer Graham Hurley says that a narrow street without pavements has turned into a rat-run and should have a 20mph speed limit.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition


Exmouth's trusted business finder