Fareham Borough Council axes tourist information service

Westbury Manor Museum

Westbury Manor Museum

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

CHIEFS at a cash-strapped council have decided to axe its tourist information centre budget.

Fareham Borough Council's executive agreed to remove the annual funds for the town's facility from its 2015/2016 budget, saving £36,000 a year.

The council needs to find around £800,000 of savings to balance the budget for 2015/16.

This decision reflected the result of a 2013 Residents' Survey which asked residents to list the five services they regarded as most important and the five least important.

As previously reported, in 2013 council chiefs sanctioned a 15 per cent drop in funding for the tourist information centre, in Westbury Manor Museum, from April 2014 in a bid for savings The centre's budget had already seen a 16 per cent funding drop in 2012/13.

The decision was made at a meeting of the council's cabinet where it was also agreed the council would become a destination partner with Tourism South East at a yearly cost of £1,500.

Councilors also decided to cut the annual budget for community grants to £80,000.

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7:04pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Kirsty666 says...

At least fareham council ask what's important and what's not unlike SCC who think let's cut everything other than our wages and council tax
At least fareham council ask what's important and what's not unlike SCC who think let's cut everything other than our wages and council tax Kirsty666
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7:44pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Linesman says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
At least fareham council ask what's important and what's not unlike SCC who think let's cut everything other than our wages and council tax
Let's face it, Fareham hardly rates a mention of the UK's Tourist Map.

The reason for the cuts is the same as why Southampton, and every other local council is making cuts, because their government grant has been slashed and the cost of living has risen.
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: At least fareham council ask what's important and what's not unlike SCC who think let's cut everything other than our wages and council tax[/p][/quote]Let's face it, Fareham hardly rates a mention of the UK's Tourist Map. The reason for the cuts is the same as why Southampton, and every other local council is making cuts, because their government grant has been slashed and the cost of living has risen. Linesman
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