Saffron Walden Town Council decides to keep Tourist Information Centre in current location

At an extraordinary council meeting held on 25 March, R4U-led Saffron Walden Town Council resolved not to relocate the Tourist Information Centre to the rear of the Town Hall.

Although councillors believed that moving the Tourist Information Centre within the Town Hall would save money and greatly improve disabled access, a significant number of residents raised concerns about the proposed move. R4U, elected as a “Residents” party, listened to these concerns. In response Councillors convened an extraordinary council meeting earlier this week and the Council voted to keep the TIC in its current location. At no stage had there been any intention to reduce the service provided by the TIC in moving it, and town councillors remain committed to the TIC service.

The Town Council is, however, concerned about the disabled access to the existing TIC and so also decided to research options to improve disabled access to the TIC in its current position.

Paul Gadd (R4U) Paul Gadd (R4U)

R4U councillor Paul Gadd, who is the leader of the Town Council, said: “Representing residents well is the reason we founded R4U; consequently, we have listened to residents and the Town Council has, therefore, resolved to revoke its previous decision to move the TIC. The Town meeting convened by residents for 28 March will still go ahead, and councillors look forward to talking to residents at that meeting. It has been suggested that some residents intended to require a referendum on the proposed TIC move, which would cost up to £17,000, and is clearly not a good use of taxpayers’ money. Councillors have therefore moved quickly to revoke their previous decision and give residents certainty ahead of the Town meeting to avoid unnecessary expense.”

Cllr Gadd continued: “We are proud that Saffron Walden Town Council has avoided the financial problems affecting many other councils across the country through careful financial management.  We are committed to making balanced decisions that control costs while maintaining or improving the quality of our services and reflecting the wishes of our residents.”

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