THE Tourist Information Centre will reopen from its new location at the Welcome Building in Devonshire Quarter at 10am today.

This relocation from Cornfield Road allows Eastbourne Borough Council to combine its visitor services into one multifunctional team.

But many residents have taken to social media to say it’s madness transferring the TIC from its town centre base.

Mike Cross posted: “Surely this is a ‘wind up’?”

Mary Broughton said it is a terrible idea: “As an Eastbourne resident I go in regularly to get information on what’s on, pick up leaflets for myself and friends, book theatres etc.

“All organisations would miss out hugely from people not getting this information. Please leave it where it is, brilliantly central for tourists and locals.”

Jane Dubery posted: “What a silly idea. Tourist information should be where tourists arrive, either at the railway station or near the pier where coaches drop off or near car parks (as now).

“Even locals use the Information Centre – very convenient if you’re in town shopping – but (living near the Redoubt) I wouldn’t go the extra distance to the Welcome Building especially when I have no other reason to be there.”

The council says the new centre will continue to offer the same services including ticket sales for Eastbourne Bandstand, theatres, events, bus tickets and National Express, alongside souvenirs.

Councillor Margaret Bannister says the move makes sense.

She said it was a combination of the financial effects of lockdown and a drop in numbers at the existing TIC which led to the decision.

It clearly isn’t a popular move………………..