National Park now says it can open tourist office in Midhurst

Scaffolding signals the start of the sec ond phase of work
Scaffolding signals the start of the sec ond phase of work

IN a bizarre twist the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) has said it can provide a tourist office for Midhurst open six and a half days a week.

Its claim comes after members of Chichester District Council’s cabinet were told plans to merge CDC’s information centre in North Street with the national park’s visitor centre in its new Capron House headquarters had fallen through because the national park said it would open the centre only on weekdays.

But now Steve Morley has told fellow town councillors he met national park authority officers who said they had space and could open almost seven days a week.

“There will be a small visitor centre as part of the interpretation centre and an area of it could be used for a tourism office.

The national park authority wants to discuss this further with an interested group,” said Mr Morley.

“They could not say for certain how it would be run,” he reported “but it could be open for six and a half days a week.”

Teresa Truscott said there had been a big reaction in the town to the news that the tourist office looked set to be reduced to a rack of leaflets. She asked if volunteers could be enlisted to man an office.

Town councillors are hoping to hold further discussions with the national park and the district council.