One of the debates that has been re-opened by the proposal for an Information and Heritage Centre is "Is Lymm really a Visitor Destination ?.. Does it really justify an Information & Heritage Centre ? "
On the one hand Lymm is viewed by some as a residential village, dare one say these days a suburb, It has no cinema or theatre. You won't see a bed and breakfast sign anywhere. Certainly it gets day visitors. They come for a walk along the canal or a walk round the dam. Maybe they buy and ice-cream any they are gone again.
But there is another view. The attractive village of Lymm sits within easy reach of many large conurbations. Over half a Million people can easily reach us by car in less than thirty minutes. There is evidence of Lymm having been a popular place to visit for over 150 years. It has two hotels. They are frequently used as stopovers and it is not uncommon now to see Chinese visitors in the village of an evening.. camera clicking .. Shopkeepers report visitors from many countries who have found themselves in Lymm for one reason or another. They go in the shops asking where they can get a map or find out about walks. Lymm hosts a large number of events that are capable attracting crowds of many thousands with some visitors coming 100 miles or more to attend events. We are a key stopping place on the canal. We have a twin-town with whom we exchange visits. We are somehow able to sustain around a dozen eating places in the centre of the village alone. We are on the Trans-Pennine Trail. We have a Heritage Trail. ..
All of this activity and potential we believe makes this the right time to develop an Information & Heritage Centre to contribute to the continued development of a vibrant community. Whether you think it's pie in the sky or a great idea we'd like to hear your views.