Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Fourth Report


On Tuesday 17 April 2001, I went to Machynlleth, a market town, on the west coast of Wales.

I booked in at a pub where I learned that the Easter weekend had been very, very busy—with people calling at 11 pm trying to get a room for the night but everywhere was full.

The Tourist Information Office said they'd had fewer enquiries than normal—down by 40 per cent and some walkers had been abusive, but the Town had been busy.

I went to Aberdovey where I was told both by shopkeepers and the Tourist Information Office that the town had been very, very busy over Easter, with not a room to be had and walkers seeming quite happy to walk along the long beach.

The weather had been warm and sunny.

I drove back on Wednesday 18 and having stopped at a number of cafes and a craft mill was told that they had been very busy.

I called in at Welshpool. The town was quiet but as it was 2 pm on a Wednesday afternoon I wasn't surprised. However, the one shop I went into said they'd been busy.

The Countryside was looking good with many sheep to be seen. Welshpool had cases of foot and mouth disease near it and I saw one burning of sheep, but apart from that and the footpath closed signs I saw no other evidence of foot and mouth disease. The weather was warm and sunny, snow, hail, wind and rain.

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