As the recession continues and businesses struggle, it is appalling to see that the current policy is also affecting other sectors.
7 Apr 2013, 10:12 AM
According to several recent press reports tourists have been told it is "probably best" they do not visit Gloucestershire during the proposed badger cull due to commence this summer. Apparently a Blakeney, Glos resident said: "A lady from Surrey rang the tourist office up and said 'if they're shooting badgers we won't be coming to visit'. The lady in the office replied 'it's probably best'."
Drew Pratten, from Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS), said the surprising advicecame from Gloucester Tourist Information Centre.
When he rang them to check the response they repeated it to him.
He added: "That is the exact opposite of what they are supposed to be doing, which is encourage people to come here.
He said the lack of public information about the cull meant the centre could only give out "dubious information at best".
Mr Pratten said GABS had been called by several businesses in Gloucestershire worried about how the cull would affect them.
He said: "There is an awful lot of concern that people will go elsewhere because they don't know what's happening."
Owner of Ferndale House B&B in Lydbrook Christine Finch-Dent said: "A lot of our guests come here for the wildlife and they are not happy about the cull."
A spokeswoman for Gloucester City Council said it had received queries from concerned visitors who said they wanted to avoid the area during the cull.