End of manned tourism centre in Rother area?

new bexhill tourist information centre
new bexhill tourist information centre

ROTHER could be left without a manned tourist information office next year.

The allocated budget could be slashed from £65,000 to £30,000 at the end of the current contract with Tourism South East.

The issue will be discussed during Monday’s meeting of Rother District Council’s Cabinet when members will hear recommendation that the provision of tourist information be re-tendered.

Members will hear how the budget cut could make it impossible to maintain a face-to-face service beyond March 2015.

The manned tourist hub at Lion Street in Rye has up to now been providing information to visitors about the entire area.

Bexhill has been without its own ‘official’ tourist information for years with volunteer resident Sandra Melvin running an alternative service based first at the Colonnade and then in St John’s church hall.

RDC then announced two dedicated tourist information points - in No 48 cafe in Devonshire Road, Bexhill, and Yesterdays World in Battle.

It’s likely a restructured service will be limited to maintaining the existing satellite information and leaflets points with perhaps telephone or email cover.

Since Spring 2012 No 48 has provided publicity space for events happening locally plus leaflets and posters. Owner Andy Rimmer said: “A lot of people do come in. Some people expect you to do stuff, like make bookings, but we don’t - we just provide information for tourists. I do think tourists are well catered for though - nowadays most people are internet savvy and can get information online.”