Work has started on Saffron Walden's tourist centre
PUBLISHED: 16:03 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010
REDEVELOPMENT work, costing nearly £50,000, started at Saffron Walden s Tourist Information Centre (TIC) on Monday. The new-look facility will be completed by April, but in the meantime TIC services will operate as normal from the Council Chamber in Saffr
REDEVELOPMENT work, costing nearly £50,000, started at Saffron Walden's Tourist Information Centre (TIC) on Monday.
The new-look facility will be completed by April, but in the meantime TIC services will operate as normal from the Council Chamber in Saffron Walden Town Hall.
Duty manager Mark Starte said: "The TIC is a very valuable resource for the town and it is due some renovation to give it a new lease of life. It will be good for the town, good for tourists and good for the people who live here."
The Market Square building will be gutted and refitted with a new floor, a new reception desk, an improved display area and central heating. Also a window will be uncovered to allow more light into the building and a wall will be made available as a gallery area.
Town clerk Malcolm White said: "I hope that people will be tolerant while the work is being done and the centre is moved to a temporary home. When it is finished we will have an up-to-date TIC with a new software system that I am sure will greatly improve services."
The TIC became a Saffron Walden Town Council-run service in March when Uttlesford District Council approved plans to transfer control of the operation. This is the first major work undertaken by the town council since it has been running the TIC.
"We are very pleased and excited by this show of commitment from the town council," said Mr Starte. "I have worked at the TIC for more than 10 years and the interior has always looked the same. There hasn't been an investment in the building for a long time and it is looking tired, old and drab."
The TIC employs four permanent members of staff and a team of volunteers. Work is due to be completed on Friday April 3 and the centre will officially reopen on Monday April 6.
The TIC is open in the town hall from Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm. Contact them on 01799 524002.