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Lavenham awaits decision to turn TIC into community hub


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Plans to turn Lavenham Tourist Information Centre into a community hub could reach fruition.

The site in Lady Street had been earmarked for closure, but Lavenham Parish Council has secured outline approval to turn the centre into a community asset.

Under the proposals, which are due to be considered at Babergh District Council’s cabinet today, the site could house a post office, visitor information point and various groups.

Chairman of Lavenham Parish Council, Carroll Reeve, expressed his optimism over the plans.

“This is a great opportunity for the community and local businesses,” he said. “Bringing back the post office inside will be of tremendous benefit to residents and visitors alike.”

The new plans have attracted mixed reviews.

At last week’s South Suffolk Taskforce meeting hosted at Sudbury Town Hall, Jane Larcombe, who works in travel tourism in Lavenham, raised concerns over the replacement.

“When transatlantic visitors get to this part of the world, they need some assistance and the set up, albeit well intentioned, will not provide what currently is being provided,” she said.

Babergh District Council leader John Ward, however, highlighted the proposals would reflect the changing needs in tourism.

“It’s the way things are going,” he said. “The way people are accessing information – it’s all fundamentally different now. We’re having to respond to that and work with that.”

Tourist information points in partnership with organisations are to be installed across the district.



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