Council aims to point tourists in the right direction

Monmouthshire County Council is aiming to help sightseers and encourage more visits to the area by seeking the views of residents on tourism signs in Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow and Monmouth

Recognising that satisfied customers will recommend the county to others it has commissioned consultants Cotyledon CIC to improve signage for visitors; one of five elements of activity which comprise the ‘Welcome Monmouthshire’ project funded through the Rural Development Plan for Wales.

During October and November, Cotyledon carried out an audit of visitor signage in the four major towns comprising a conditions survey of signs, a digital image of each sign for inclusion in the council’s web-based mapping system and a brief report of the overall feel and presentation of the towns.

The next step will be to share these initial findings with residents who are more familiar with local issues.  Cotyledon has been asked to develop proposals and specifications for work arising from the audit, aligning this with the plans of related groups or organisations.  In addition, it will look at developing signs in some of Monmouthshire’s other towns and villages.

Jan Walsh, Project Manager, Cotyledon CIC said: “It is understood much work is being carried out locally and we wish to complement this with the audit and not duplicate work that is already being undertaken.  We are keen to include the wider community in helping to inform the work of the council’s tourism team and would be grateful for your views”.

The consultation can be found online until 15th January 2012 at www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/townvisitorsigningconsultation   A printed copy can be provided by contacting Jan Walsh of Cotyledon CIC on 07737 630657 or emailing janwalsh@cotyledon.co.uk.  Any queries on the background to this project or any other related issues may be raised by contacting Jan Walsh or the Welcome Monmouthshire Project Officer Mark Lloyd on 01633 644865.

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