Oswestry's tourism centre on the move?


Emily Davies

OSWESTRY’S town centre tourism hub could be moving, according to plans unveiled by the town council.

The long-standing Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre - also known as the Heritage Centre - could see its tourism facilities moved to a new build which would also house the toilets on Central Car Park.

The Mile End tourist information centre will be unaffected.

The proposal forms part of the authority’s newly released 2014/15 Corporate Plan.

Deputy Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor Peter Cherrington, said: We are constantly looking at cost. At then end of the day we have to be responsibly for the money of the people of Oswestry and if something is not making a profit or is costing more we will look into it.”

The council has previously questioned the future usage and ownership of the centre, which is based in the shadow of St Oswald’s Parish Church, due to the cost of operating it, while the new document notes plans to look at potentially replacing the toilet block on the car park and with that include relocating tourism facilities.

Cllr Cherrington added: “We are due to discuss this September. There is a lot that can be done on Central Car Park with the toilets and so on.”

The plan, which is expected to be used beyond the current financial year, drafts the priorities and commitments of the council following an influx of new members at last year’s Local Elections.

It also states that the council aims to deliver and lead the Town Tourism Strategy to promote day and evening economies and this will be done through a co-ordinated steering group.

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