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Rethink on tourism front

THE TASK of organising Bollington's major events has been taken out of the hands of the trade and tourism committee in a bid to boost the town's economy.

THE TASK of organising Bollington's major events has been taken out of the hands of the trade and tourism committee in a bid to boost the town's economy.

Members of the committee felt unable to carry out their role of helping to attract more shoppers to Bollington this year because they also had to plan a major summer show and a scheme involving the whole town.

A transport extravaganza took place in September on three sites, while the Passport to Bollington - containing details of most local businesses - was distributed to every household.

A meeting of Bollington Town Council heard that a separate events committee would be set up in 2005 to take some of the weight of responsibility away from the committee.

Coun David Laffan, who also sits on the trade and tourism committee, said: "We have expended so much energy on those two things that it's taken away from our ability to do anything else.

"My feeling is that if we leave the transport extravaganza with the trade and tourism committee, we won't get anything else out of it at all."

While being an enjoyable event, Coun Shirley Sockett felt that the show had failed in its aim of attracting more visitors to the town on a long term basis.

"The transport extravaganza was something it tried and it hasn't worked from a trade and tourism point of view," she said. "It's just too big for them now."

Coun Sockett added: "We are still back to the question of whether there is a need to set up an events committee and if we do, how do we get members onto it?

"We have got the Bollington Festival this coming year and when that is over, and they have their final meeting. We should try to set up an events committee then."

Coun Mark Stedman said: "We do need to think seriously about these two things because the trade and tourism committee was originally intended to have a wider remit and involve local businesses in the town, which is now becoming less and less."

Councillors agreed to take responsibility for the town's major events away from the trade and tourism committee, and invite local businesses to become involved again.

 

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