Letter: Council snub

Date published: 09 August 2018

Dear Editor,

Whilst it is obvious that the Rochdale MBC area and its surrounds has many delights, not only to entice the visitor, but also to educate and interest them - wow them even - be it visitor or local, what however is surprising is that assets, such as the wonderful Queen's Park Heywood, have been missed.

Maybe a link in the map could have been added?

Then again, it's not really surprising, for us here over at St. Edmund's Church, Falinge, Rochdale to be snubbed yet again by RMBC; we appear to simply disappear - a Grade1 listed building of international importance saved for the nation by the churches conservation trust.

Looked after by the friends of St. Edmund's, volunteers receives no help no funding from RMBC yet brings in visitors, not only locally, but from all over the UK and the wider world.

Our visitors' book reads like the UN address book.

Not many attractions in Rochdale can boast such an interest.

Yet again no mention in the guide?

No link on the map?

What's going on?

Who's in charge of heritage?

Who's in charge of tourism?

We work very hard here at St. Edmund's - not just promoting this Church but visiting Rochdale area as a whole.

We don't see this as a two-way street, sadly.

We had even been a chosen venue for the literature & ideas festival, a very successful event from the feedback we received, only to be informed we were not suitable as a venue?

So Heywood, we share your sorrow, and are at a loss as to whom is sailing the cultural & heritage ship in Rochdale MBC.

Tourism matters doesn't it? 

Yours very puzzled,

Howard Bowden

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