Smiley plan to make Gloucester city centre a more friendly place
VISITORS arriving in the city by coach could soon be greeted by a happy smiley face, a pamphlet, a map and advice on where to go and what to do in Gloucester.
Gloucester City Council is working with volunteers from the Civic Trust to put on a "meet and greet" service.
Trained volunteers will meet people arriving by coach and will instruct them on what is happening in the city centre, in a bid to boost footfall and the economy.
Gloucester Quays already run a similar scheme for those specifically visiting the complex, but the latest idea is aimed purely at marketing the city centre.
Hugh Worsnip, of the Civic Trust, said: "We will be having some training soon, there are no dates set as of yet though.
"First of all we need to make sure the space is available for the coaches.
"The idea is to inform people coming into the city of everything that is going on, and to direct them to historical sites and such like.
"I think it a really good idea and it will work really well."
Greg Piontek, who runs the Miss Silver clothing boutique, in Commercial Road, has welcomed the idea with open arms.
"We get several coach-loads of people coming into the Docks and into the Quays and half of them have no idea there is a city centre just around the corner.
"It is really simple, but I'm sure it will encourage more people to walk into the city centre and find out what is there and what is going on.
"It will help the shops a lot too, who should find footfall going up."
A spokesman for Gloucester City Council said: "The city council is working in partnership with the Civic Trust and partners to look into the viability of a meet and greet service for the city centre."
Back in April, Gloucester Quays Outlet was crowned as the most coach-friendly shopping attraction in the country.