THE new Wisbech Information Centre is due to be officially opened on Tuesday May 22 at 1pm by the new Mayor of Wisbech Vivien MacRae.
The number 4 Post Office Lane centre is the result of successful negotiations between Wisbech Area Regeneration and Development Trust (WisARD) and the Town Council.
The aim is to provide in depth tourist and events information and also point residents and visitors towards clubs, facilities, specialist shops and businesses in Wisbech.
It will be open from Monday to Saturday.
David Oliver, chairman of WisARD and leader of Wisbech Town Council said:
“We feel that there is a need to provide a personal service and warm welcome to Wisbech that is so important to visitors and at the same time provide information to local residents who are not adept at using the internet.
“As Fenland District Council is unable to continue to provide this service in the One Stop Shop we felt that we needed to take action ourselves. Tourism is crucial to the vitality of Wisbech and the local economy.”
Volunteers from WisARD have committed funds and organised the setting up of the centre, while Wisbech Town Council has made a three-year commitment to underwriting the running costs.
Wisbech-based charities - the Alan Hudson Trust and the Robert Hall Trust - have made substantial grants towards the refurbishment and setting up costs of the new centre.
Funds are not available to pay staff to man the centre at present so WisARD are looking for knowledgeable volunteers with an interest in the local area, who are prepared to give some of their spare time.
Around six volunteers have already been recruited and have been running the centre for the past week welcoming a steady stream of visitors and residents.
Local organisations and businesses are welcome to call in with updates about events or new services and facilities on offer.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer can call in at the Information Centre or contact Penny Stocks on 01945-581208 or email: pstocks.tourism @yahoo.co.uk