Wells High Street to get economic boost
A LEAFLET designed to boost the economy of Wells will be the first achievement of The 21.
It will include a map showing visitors where to find parking, restaurants, pubs and individual shops.
“We need to get tourists spending in the High Street,” said Mark Tobin at a busy meeting of Wells people interested in supporting or being part of The 21, a new organisation being formed to improve the city.
“Visitors only come to our heritage attractions. We need to get them into our shops and restaurants too,” said Mr Tobin, general manager of the Swan Hotel.
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“My company will organise the leaflet,” volunteered Loaye Abagani, owner of Junior toyshop in Wells High Street.
“We will seek advertisers and sponsors and show all the attractions of Wells.”
The leaflet would be placed in Tourist Information Centres across the South West, said Chris Winter of Wells Civic Society, who organised the event from which The 21 idea sprang.
“No one is doing promotional leaflets for Wells now,” she told the meeting in the Crown at Wells, “and we will seek the advice of Gerry Cottle at Wookey Hole Caves on the best way to distribute them.”
Other ways of promoting Wells were also suggested.
“We need to use social media like Facebook,” said Paddy O’Hagan. “We found it most helpful when we organised this month’s Wells Food Festival.”
Making a promotional film for Wells was an idea from TV producer James Abraham.
Other concerns raised included the large number of new houses planned for Wells and the lack of a town centre manager.
“The city is getting too large,” said resident James Boyce.
“It is all very well building more houses but where are these people going to work? And what about the city’s infrastructure?”
Gillian Buzzard expressed delight that young people are getting involved in The 21.
If you are interested in supporting, helping or joining The 21 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We need a wide range of local people to come together with different skills and interests to get things done in Wells,” said Chris Winter.