Village to ask visitors to dig deep to help with upkeep

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Lavenham is to build a visitor centre in one of its car parks and ask tourists to make a contribution towards the upkeep of village facilities.

The plan has been suggested by the parish council as a way to ensure the village is kept in top condition for the thousands of people who visit it.

Parish council chairman Roy Whitworth said: “I have been asked on numerous occasions by visitors, ‘where do we pay?’ and it seems to me that, as a first step, we should make it easy for them to do so by encouraging them to make a voluntary contribution towards the operating costs.

“Any surplus would go to Lavenham Community Council, the charity that runs the village hall.

“With this in mind, I began discussions with Babergh District Council officers some time ago on a proposal that we should modify the toilets in our main car park to include a small visitor centre, improving our welcome to the village and supporting the work of the existing Tourist Information Centre.

“Babergh has been very supportive in helping us to improve the quality of the toilets and we are currently working with it on a plan to bring about the transformation later this year.

“I am very hopeful that this will not only be of benefit to Lavenham and our visitors but also help to achieve a saving in the running cost of these important local resources.”