A group of people, in July 2010, put a lot of work into organising and alternative to the way it was being run a few years back. A team of more than twenty people were ready to run the Tourist Office on a voluntary basis as is done at Grange over Sands. This group was reassured that the office at the Coro was going to continue to run as it had and that there was no need for an alternative voluntary group. Now we find that this promise was untrue and the groups willingness to run an alternative was in fact needed.
This work was documented here on this blog in a posting made on July 30 2010.
Again in a followup article urging the public to become involved at a Town Council meeting to be held on September 6th the detailed background on this campaign for Ulverston to keep control of the Tourist Information Office was given. It was reported that Airey was "on radio cumbria after 5pm today saying he was going to push for the council to get on board.
So who is to blame for this sudden change? The person who must be the first to provide answers is Cllr James Airey who was the person at the centre of the decision at the time to not use a voluntary structure as is being used successfully in Grange over Sands.
Now by the back door - without consultation the tourist aspect of the office has been stopped.
So we have a very angry group who want answers.
Even if this only an interim measure this disruptive action is unacceptable as a smooth transition to the town running this service could have been secured.
While on the subject of the running of the Coronation and the formation of a Friends of the Coronation Hall : why is it that some people who joined at the very first meeting have not been informed of subsequent meetings so they have only found out by word of mouth after meetings have been held.
What is going on?
The following people should be able to provide answers:
James Airey James.Airey@cumbria.gov.uk
Colin Pickthall email@example.com who is deeply involved with the Friends of the Coronation Hall
Jayne Kendall Clerk of Ulverston Town Council - Ulverston Town Council
I suggest you contact them by email or even more effectively by phone.
Who can provide acceptable answers? - I am asking Councillors and the Town Clerk to explain