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Jobs go as tourism centre closes

Tourist Information Centre sign
Powys council currently operates 10 tourist information centres

A tourist information centre (TIC) is to close in Powys with the loss of three jobs after a council failed to reach an agreement over its future.

Powys council, which runs Machynlleth TIC, had been in talks with the town council but it discovered it was losing money.

An incentive was offered, but mayor Bob Dunn said the town council could not stand the losses it was making.

Another Powys TIC, in Welshpool, is to be transferred to the town council.

Powys council is currently reviewing the future of its 10 TICs in an attempt to save money.

A spokesman for the local authority said the centre in Machynlleth would close at the end of next month.

He described the decision as "regrettable", but said an agreement about its future could not be reached with the town council.

Machynlleth mayor Bob Dunn said: "I am extremely disappointed with the decision.

"Powys approached us. The trading figures showed they were running the centre at quite a big loss.

"They offered us an incentive, but we said we could not take it over when it was running at a loss.

"We didn't hear another thing until it was announced the centre was closing. We are disappointed the council did not come back to us with revised terms."

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