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Plans to move Leek Tourist Information Centre put on hold

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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PLANS to move Leek Tourist Information Centre in Leek have been put on hold until further sites for its relocation have been investigated.

Councillors on the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s service delivery overview and scrutiny panel had been recommended by officers to approve moving the present centre to the first floor of the Nicholson Institute which would save the authority more than £300,000.

However many councillors felt the new location would be hidden away from visitors, that access was difficult and the proposed room was small.

After a long debate councillors agreed that officers should explore other sites in the town for the relocation, including the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

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Officers were instructed to bring back a report on present sites to the next scrutiny panel meeting.

A report to councillors by senior tourism, markets and museums officer David Murrell said the authority’s lease on the building is reviewed annually on March 30, and has 16 years to run.

Mr Murrell said: “Based upon the current rent of £19,774 per annum, which is increased annually based on the retail price index, this places a £316,378 asset liability on the council.

“The council medium term financial plan has identified the need for £2,257,440 of efficiency saving in the next three years.”

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