A tourist information centre in the Moorlands is set to be relocated. The news of the Leek Tourist Information Centre (TIC) being relocated from within the Nicholson Institute to within Moorlands House, both off Stockwell Street in Leek, was announced by the leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) councillor Sybil Ralphs at a recent council meeting.
A tourist information centre in the Moorlands is set to be relocated.
The news of the Leek Tourist Information Centre (TIC) being relocated from within the Nicholson Institute to within Moorlands House, both off Stockwell Street in Leek, was announced by the leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) councillor Sybil Ralphs at a recent council meeting.
The announcement from cllr Ralphs came during the SMDC meeting of Service Delivery Overview & Scrutiny Panel, after a question submitted by councillor Bill Cawley was asked on his behalf by councillor Mike Gledhill.
In his question direct to cllr Ralphs, councillor Cawley said: “My wife and I spent a day in Bollington recently. We visited the Discovery Centre, a local history museum, in the Clarence Mill which has been open since the summer and which is funded by local authorities in East Cheshire.
“Other museums and heritage centres are open in close proximity to Leek and have been for some time in other towns and cities in Staffordshire as well as Cheshire and Derbyshire.
“Why does the Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery remain closed to the detriment of tourism in Leek as well as handicapping local history and family research?”
Within her verbal statement, cllr Ralphs said that the Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery are set to reopen mid February, after the building has had a “spring clean.”
She also stated: “There is an ambitious programme of events coming there and we are also going to add to the services we already have in the Nicholson and so we will be having a report which will come before council in the not too distant future.”
After being further quizzed by cllr Gledhill about the TIC in particular, cllr Ralphs then told the meeting: “We have decided that the TIC should be relocated in Moorlands House itself in the same area as the reception desk so the portfolio holder for that will be bringing you that report to you in the not too distant future.
“And we will make absolutely sure that there is good signage in the car parks and also the car park adjoining Moorlands House so anyone wanting the TIC and information they get from there will know exactly where it is and have easy access on one level as it will be disabled friendly.”
Following cllr Ralphs revelation about the relocation of the TIC, cllr Gledhill said: “I am very pleased to hear that and I presume it will coincide with Moorlands House being open for the full day and at the weekends?
“I agree it is a better location but really there are some practical issues to resolve on that but will leave it there for now.”
Following the meeting, the Leek & Moorlands Echo contacted SMDC for further details regarding the relocation of the TIC, asking when it is set to happen and what opening days and times the new venue will have.
In response councillor Andrew Hart, Cabinet member for Property and Tourism at SMDC, said: “As England moves to Covid plan A, we’re working on arrangements for re-opening the Nicholson Art Gallery and Museum and the TIC.
“Once the plans are agreed, we’ll publicise the opening times and dates in advance and we’ll look forward to welcoming people back through our doors.”
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