Traders hit back at claims they are to blame for poor working relationship with Shildon museum

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A COUNCILLOR has responded to claims that a railway museum failed to work with local businesses to help them cash in on a major event.

Complaints were raised that Locomotion: The National Railway Museum in Shildon did not do enough to direct visitors at the nine day Mallard anniversary event towards the town's businesses.

An estimated 120,000 people flocked to Shildon during the successful Great Goodbye.

The claim was denied by museum bosses who feel they did help the high street.

Now Shildon town councillor Stuart Bird, who is also a volunteer at Locomotion, said he offered to help foster links between the museum and traders six years ago.

“In August 2008 we desperately wanted to improve relations between Locomotion and traders as people felt they were not benefiting from Locomotion.

“I sent out 140 letters to Shildon businesses asking them to a meeting to try to improve the situation, only five turned up.

“They decided to re-establish Shildon Chamber of Trade and the museum agreed to have a map showing where the businesses are, but none of traders came forward to do anything about it.

“Now the A4s have been and the traders are complaining that they got no support or overspill from the event.”

Chris Bowman, of Console Connections, on Church Street, wants to re-start the chamber of trade.

He said: “I was at the 2008 meeting and a lot was discussed but nothing came of it.

“There have been lots of missed opportunities as there have been mistakes on both sides. What’s done is done and I’d rather look forward to the future to see how we can improve things.”

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7:23pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

I can see it now - the slogan for visitors - 'after a visit to Locomotion why not go to a bookies, a pub, or a shop (but only before 3pm when they all close)' - why on earth would someone with the time and money to visit Locomotion then want to visit Shildon?
I can see it now - the slogan for visitors - 'after a visit to Locomotion why not go to a bookies, a pub, or a shop (but only before 3pm when they all close)' - why on earth would someone with the time and money to visit Locomotion then want to visit Shildon? Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 8

8:03pm Wed 5 Mar 14

settheworldonfire says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
I can see it now - the slogan for visitors - 'after a visit to Locomotion why not go to a bookies, a pub, or a shop (but only before 3pm when they all close)' - why on earth would someone with the time and money to visit Locomotion then want to visit Shildon?
Harsh....But very true...It is a dump...
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: I can see it now - the slogan for visitors - 'after a visit to Locomotion why not go to a bookies, a pub, or a shop (but only before 3pm when they all close)' - why on earth would someone with the time and money to visit Locomotion then want to visit Shildon?[/p][/quote]Harsh....But very true...It is a dump... settheworldonfire
  • Score: 8

8:18pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Alas a dose of reality is needed for these towns. The comment may not be popular - but it is accurate
Alas a dose of reality is needed for these towns. The comment may not be popular - but it is accurate Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 4

6:30pm Fri 7 Mar 14

pilchrat says...

Have to agree - there's nothing in Shildon ... someone list me the shops that exist that don't include takeaways, restaurant (singular), supermarkets, or bookies?
Have to agree - there's nothing in Shildon ... someone list me the shops that exist that don't include takeaways, restaurant (singular), supermarkets, or bookies? pilchrat
  • Score: 2

6:31pm Fri 7 Mar 14

pilchrat says...

Oh and ofcourse a computer game shop ... a top destination for train fans? I trust he was stocking ample supplies of Train Simulator 2013 and the A4 add on pack? lol
Oh and ofcourse a computer game shop ... a top destination for train fans? I trust he was stocking ample supplies of Train Simulator 2013 and the A4 add on pack? lol pilchrat
  • Score: 3

7:47pm Sun 9 Mar 14

cholmes005 says...

Used to live in shildon and the town centre has been decline for years. It has got worse since the town square was built in late 90's but if bishop and Darlington high streets are suffering what chance does shildon stand. To be honest the pubs in the town centre aint that appealing for folk living in the area let alone visitors to museum. New shildon did benefit from the A4 event. Dad was in the locomotion pub on bylery road and was talking to few from out the area who had visited museum. Ive also heard the rents for town centre shops are high making it hard for shops to compete or even stay open. The civic is a good music venue and restraint but does not open till 6 Monday to Saturday. What amazed me during the A4 event was no one opened a b n b. could have made a fortune
Used to live in shildon and the town centre has been decline for years. It has got worse since the town square was built in late 90's but if bishop and Darlington high streets are suffering what chance does shildon stand. To be honest the pubs in the town centre aint that appealing for folk living in the area let alone visitors to museum. New shildon did benefit from the A4 event. Dad was in the locomotion pub on bylery road and was talking to few from out the area who had visited museum. Ive also heard the rents for town centre shops are high making it hard for shops to compete or even stay open. The civic is a good music venue and restraint but does not open till 6 Monday to Saturday. What amazed me during the A4 event was no one opened a b n b. could have made a fortune cholmes005
  • Score: 1

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