THE future of Cardigan’s tourist information centre will be decided next week.

Ceredigion County Council’s cabinet deferred a decision on closing the centre at the town’s Theatr Mwldan last month but the recommendation to shut the service in its current form remains.

The authority previously agreed that a £25,000 reduction in the TIC service budget was required.

In August, the closure of New Quay TIC saved £5,000 and the remaining £20,000 had to be made at Cardigan.

Councillors had asked for more information on user figures and potential savings with cabinet member and Cardigan councillor Catrin Miles adding that the service was “more than handing out leaflets.”

A report to cabinet on November 27 concludes: “The council is no longer in a position to fund the delivery of a Tourist Information Centre service in Cardigan and, regrettably, the closure of Cardigan TIC has to be considered.

“If the decision is made to close Cardigan TIC, the key opportunity at present for the provision of visitor information is through discussion with Cardigan Castle.”

The TIC has been located at Theatr Mwldan for 30 years and during previous discussion on the matter Cllr John Adams-Lewis said he was “very disappointed” with the recommendation to close the second largest town’s service.

The recommendation to be decided on Tuesday states: “Owing to a reduction in the TIC service budget, Cabinet considers the closure of Cardigan TIC at the end of the 2018/19 financial year.

“To have further discussions about the provision of an information service at the Castle and to offer assistance with staff training.”