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Old 09-08-2011, 17:50   #1
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Accrington - Weekend tourist destination?

The cuts are begining to be felt in Hyndburn.

Had to call in to the Town Hall today.

Wanted to check our charity's cupboard, and couldn't see the caretaker, so asked in the tourist information centre if the alarm would be on upstairs.

Got chatting.

It seems the cuts mean the Town Hall will now be closed to the public at the weekends, including the tourist information centre, and will only be staffed (by a caretaker) if someone pays to hire it.

I'm not saying money hasn't to be saved, because of the cuts we're having to endure, but it does seem odd to close the town's only tourist information centre at the weekend.

If staffing hours need to be cut, why these particular hours?

Why not close Mondays, for example, when there's probably less visitors to the town?

When I'm there, for our Parkinson's support group meetings, held on Saturdays, there seems to be a high footfall in the information centre, and it appears to be a well used facility.

It does seem shortsighted to close the tourist information centre at the weekend, when it's likely to be well used by visitors to the town.

How many tourists does Accrington get Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm?

A daft decision, to my way of thinking.
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Old 09-08-2011, 18:13   #2
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The cuts are begining to be felt in Hyndburn.

Had to call in to the Town Hall today.

Wanted to check our charity's cupboard, and couldn't see the caretaker, so asked in the tourist information centre if the alarm would be on upstairs.

Got chatting.

It seems the cuts mean the Town Hall will now be closed to the public at the weekends, including the tourist information centre, and will only be staffed (by a caretaker) if someone pays to hire it.

I'm not saying money hasn't to be saved, because of the cuts we're having to endure, but it does seem odd to close the town's only tourist information centre at the weekend.

If staffing hours need to be cut, why these particular hours?

Why not close Mondays, for example, when there's probably less visitors to the town?

When I'm there, for our Parkinson's support group meetings, held on Saturdays, there seems to be a high footfall in the information centre, and it appears to be a well used facility.

It does seem shortsighted to close the tourist information centre at the weekend, when it's likely to be well used by visitors to the town.

How many tourists does Accrington get Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm?

A daft decision, to my way of thinking.
I think they could shut the toilets on Peel street on none market days to save a bit of brass

Okay I'll get mi coat
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Old 09-08-2011, 18:18   #3
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It won't be a problem, at the end of the week so long as we turn off all the mobile phone towers and keep a low profile, Accy will be the only place left for tourists to visit.
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Old 09-08-2011, 21:32   #4
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I think they could shut the toilets on Peel street on none market days to save a bit of brass

Okay I'll get mi coat
The toilets are already open market days only, all days ending in a Y
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Old 10-08-2011, 01:18   #5
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Re: Accrington - Weekend tourist destination?

Couldn't agree more, Garinda ... daft.
Was only thinking on these lines meself this week .. library in Accrington, shorter hours on Saturday and the one in Clayton 10 - 12 .. others in the Borough similar.

Lots of other services similar... e.g. Post Office. Even my local butcher closes at lunch on Saturday. Ok .. doesn't matter to me now I am semi-retired, however, did when I was full time .. closed before I got home from work and Saturday mornings too busy deaing with kids, etc. (or on very rare occasions a hangover)
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:59   #6
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The toilets are already open market days only, all days ending in a Y
Ya but I know one shop thats only open 5 days
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:39   #7
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Ya but I know one shop thats only open 5 days
Actually we are open 24 x 7, you just have to know where to look
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:44   #8
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Actually we are open 24 x 7, you just have to know where to look
Oh I know where to look I'll give you a bell on Sunday at 2am
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Old 10-08-2011, 10:19   #9
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Maybe Accy could organise weekend mystery tours? Advertise the town as the place to visit on saturdays and sundays and then when visitors turn up there's nowt open and there's no one to tell 'em where to go....they just wonder round, aimlessly, in search of exotic delights and the pursuit of happiness and after 6 hours they get back on the coach wondering what is the meaning of it all.
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Old 10-08-2011, 10:24   #10
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Maybe Accy could organise weekend mystery tours? Advertise the town as the place to visit on saturdays and sundays and then when visitors turn up there's nowt open and there's no one to tell 'em where to go....they just wonder round, aimlessly, in search of exotic delights and the pursuit of happiness and after 6 hours they get back on the coach wondering what is the meaning of it all.
They could play the game desperately seeking Tealeaf
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Old 10-08-2011, 19:14   #11
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I agree, shouldnt close on a Saturday.

What happens when our recycling bags get blown away every week??

Where are we gonna go and get our new recycling bags from when we work Mon-Fri?

Silly idea to be honest.
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I agree, shouldnt close on a Saturday.

What happens when our recycling bags get blown away every week??

Where are we gonna go and get our new recycling bags from when we work Mon-Fri?

Silly idea to be honest.
Last time i did that heth they had none, n i was told to go up willows lane, tough luck if yer a dodderer n bad on yer pins.
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Old 10-08-2011, 20:29   #13
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be grateful you have a tourist information in hyndburn ... rossendale doesnt have one they shut it a few years ago..

Anger over plans to shut tourist centre by Easter | Rossendale Free Press - menmedia.co.uk
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be grateful you have a tourist information in hyndburn ... rossendale doesnt have one they shut it a few years ago..

Anger over plans to shut tourist centre by Easter | Rossendale Free Press - menmedia.co.uk
no you be grateful they shut rossendales.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:53   #15
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no you be grateful they shut rossendales.
Rossendale certainly went down hill after I left in 1986
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