Dozens of people think former Honiton tourist information centre is still operating

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:12 31 October 2017

Daniel Lavery (pictured) says six to ten people walk into their new office mistakenly thinking it is Honiton TIC.

Daniel Lavery (pictured) says six to ten people walk into their new office mistakenly thinking it is Honiton TIC.

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Daniel Lavery, founder of the Devon Freewheelers, revealed the statistic when he spoke to town councillors at a meeting on Monday.

Between six and ten people are walking into a Honiton-based bloodbikes charity’s office looking for tourism-related information every day.

Daniel Lavery, founder of the Devon Freewheelers, revealed the statistic when he spoke to town councillors at a meeting last week.

Mr Lavery, whose charity snapped up the lease of the old tourist information centre in Lace Walk car park earlier this year, said he wants to provide literature and leaflets to visitors to the town when they walk into its offices.

Honiton has been without a proper tourist-focused facility since February 2016 after Honiton Tourist Information Centre Ltd ceased trading.

Addressing the council on Monday (October 30), Mr Lavery said: “There is an absolute need for something in the town for tourism.

“Six to ten people who are visiting the town come in to our office per day.”

Mr Lavery said the office has the space to house leaflets and literature, as well as a computer system and a ‘state-of-the-art’ printer to print out town maps.

He added: “Anything the town council can do to promote the town… if its an option, we would be willing to accept it and hand it out.”

Cllr Caroline Kolek said she would remain in touch regarding the offer, adding she needs to liaise with other ‘interested parties’.

She added: “You coming in and saying there is space available would be music to my ears.”

Colin Wright, president of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce, has been a long-term campaigner of implementing a new tourism facility in Honiton.

He said: “As far as I am concerned, it would be nice to see the old TIC start acting as a TIC again.

“It can only be good for people visiting Honiton and people visiting the town. It is just what Honiton needs.

“It was just awful when the old TIC closed – people turned up in their droves to a closed building.

“If you think, we used to get 17,000 to 18,000 people through the door each year so you can imagine the impact it had when it closed.”

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