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Frome Town Council takes over running tourist centre

Frome street
Frome's mayor said it was a very important service for the town

Frome Town Council is to run tourism inquiry services after concerns the local information centre could shut.

The centre was one of five in Somerset threatened with closure last year when Mendips District Council proposed to cut their grants to save money.

The proposals were dropped after protests, but the centres were urged to find alternative sources of funding.

Frome's Mayor Damon Hooton said a good business case was put forward to keep their "very important service" going.

"We're very pleased to take over the service and keep it running," he said.

"I don't think it should be underestimated the value to a town that a tourist information centre can bring, not just for the visitors to the town, but also the residents within it, in providing a wide range of services."

A Mendip District Council spokeswoman said the authority's budget, due to be set next Thursday, includes continued funding for tourist information centres.

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