Call for better signs to Gloucester Quays and Docks
DO you know the difference between Gloucester Docks and the Quays?
It seems some shoppers aren't so sure.
Brian Ashbee, organiser of the antiques fair held at the weekend on the Upper Deck at the Quays, said a number of visitors got lost en route to his event.
He said: "We had a lot of people getting lost and confused as to where the event was being held, despite our promotional material clearly saying we were at the Quays.
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"It seems people are getting really confused as to where the Docks is and where the Quays is. They know the general area, but they aren't sure where one stops and the other starts.
"I think more should be done to market the two and distinguish the two. Otherwise people will continue to get lost in the future, especially visitors to the city."
Doreen Davies, manager of the Gloucester Waterways Museum on the other side of the road from the Quays said the problem is with signage.
"The signs on the outside of Gloucester say 'historic docks' and when the Quays was redeveloped, some signs were added for that," she said.
"I get calls from coach companies who see both signs and can't find their way in."
She said a no right turn except for coaches from Southgate Street in to St Ann Way made it more difficult for car drivers to find the Quays too.
Shoppers standing underneath the Welcome to Gloucester Quays sign in Llanthony Road seemed bemused by the debate but then again, they had found the Quays shopping complex with ease.
"To me, it's all the same," said Roger Clark. "It's always been the Docks but now part of it is called the Quays. It's where the shops are but across the road you've got the Waterways Museum and now more shops and cafes too.
"They're really nice but I would agree more could be done to signpost between the two.
"It seems daft to have two good but different places to go to but I suppose if you don't know Gloucester, you might miss them."
A Quays spokesman declined to comment.
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