When visiting Pateley Bridge recently it was very disappointing to discover that the Tourist Information office on the High Street has apparently closed for good. What a shame.
As a regular visitor to the area over the years I thought it provided an excellent service.
The staff were very knowledgeable, friendly and full of enthusiasm for this lovely part of the world. My wife and I also bought maps, guides and other books about the area.
From asking around I am told that the full-time staff have gone and tourist information now appears to consist of little more than a leaflet rack in the library which has been relocated away from the High Street to secondary location in the town.
I know that councils have to make cutbacks but can’t help but think this closure is a very ill-judged decision.
Not only that but Pateley Bridge High Street now has two more empty shops units which must be a cause of concern to other retailers in the town.
Leeds Road, Wakefield