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Dartmouth TIC talks ‘positive’ but BID disappoints

DARTMOUTH Tourist Inform­ation Centre is remaining positive for the future.
Representatives from various organisations in the town met for the first time on Tuesday to look at ways to keep the cash-strapped centre open until the end of August.
It was agreed that the offer of a grant of £3,000 be formally requested from Dartmouth Town Council and other cash injections are to be explored including the possibility of funding from Dartmouth Museum, in return for some showing space at the TIC. The Mayflower 400 group may also be involved in some joint initiative at a later stage. Another idea was that a town councillor would sit on the TIC?board.
Afterwards, TIC director Hilary Bastone said: ‘We are remaining positive.’
Town clerk Tracy Rowe, who took the minutes of the meeting, said: ‘Everyone is very keen to try to find a solution to keep the TIC going.’
Those present at the meeting held in the Guildhall were Hilary Bastone, TIC; Dave Cawley and Roger Jordan, Business Forum; Richard Cooke, Henley Trust and Dart­mouth Museum; Gina Coles Mayflower 400; and David Gent and Francis Hawke, town council.
Apologies were received from Angela Cairns Sharp, TIC; Nigel Way, TIC and BID; and Dee Nutt, BID.
Mrs Rowe said: ‘The meeting was disappointed there were no representatives from the BID present.’
Another meeting of the TIC working group has been set for Tuesday, May 17.

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