New Porthcressa Tourist Information Centre Opens Today

tourist info schiller shelterThe new tourist information centre opens for its first full day today in a new home at Porthcressa.

And it should be ‘given a chance’ according to the Council officer who has driven the regeneration scheme.

Diana Mompoloki says the Council had to leave the Steamship Company offices in Hugh Street and the move could save the authority up to £15,000 a year. That’s because they won’t need to pay rent to a third-party and because the new building employs high levels of insulation, which saves on heating.

Diana says the new facility is smaller, lighter and offers a better view for potential customers.

She told members that she’s received a mixture of feedback. Some people like it because it is on the waterfront while others are not so keen, she told the Planning Committee.

Cllr Gordon Bilsborough is unhappy that the TIC takes up, “a substantial portion” of the rebuilt Schiller Shelter. But Diana said that Gordon visited while staff were unpacking and it takes up just one-third of the shelter space. All of their equipment fits into lockable units after hours.

Gordon also said he can’t remember members voting for the TIC moving to the shelter.

As staff are on now site, the public showers may be used during the opening hours of 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Cllr Bilsborough is unhappy that the toilets are not signposted but Diana says signs have been bought and they should be in place soon.

Gordon is also concerned that people have to go to the Town Hall to pick up a disabled toilet key. But Diana said a special RADAR lock will be fitted by the Council’s Direct Labour Force. RADAR is a national scheme whereby any disabled person can apply for a universal access key.

And even though Porthcressa was only finished a few weeks ago, some councillors are unhappy with the appearance of the landscaping. Tresco councillor and curator of the Abbey Gardens, Mike Nelhams, feels that the plants supplied appeared substandard. He offered his advice and told members he could supply plants from Tresco.

Richard McCarthy was unhappy that the area was filled with more weeds than plants, but Diana said now the project was built, tit fell under the Council’s Technical Services department to maintain the landscaping.

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