New cash point ‘likely’ for town left without bank as council unveil plans for new town hall

PUBLISHED: 14:03 09 April 2020 | UPDATED: 14:31 14 April 2020

Broad Street, Bungay.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Broad Street, Bungay. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A town which has been let without a cash point for almost two years looks set to finally have an ATM as the council unveils plans for new offices.

The mayor of bungay, Sue Collins. Photo: Bungay Town CouncilThe mayor of bungay, Sue Collins. Photo: Bungay Town Council

A town which has been left without a cash point for almost two years looks set to finally have an ATM as the council unveils plans for new offices.

It is likely there will be a new town hall in Bungay, according to the town council, as it takes control of seven assets previously owned by the district council.

At no cost, Bungay town council has taken ownership of a number of town resources which East Suffolk Council previously operated.

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They include two toilet blocks in the town centre (on Cross Street and Priory Lane), the town council officers, museum premises and council chamber on Broad Street, and three large public spaces, including play areas.

Jeremy Burton, town clerk, said it was “likely” the council would move turn their current offices into a town hall, while the council takes ownership of the Riverside Centre at the Staithe alongside open spaces at King’s Road, Meadow Road, Wherry Road and more.

Town mayor Sue Collins said plans were “well under way” for a new ATM at the Broad Street offices.

The transfer of ownership was agreed at a meeting, where mayor Sue Collins paid tribute to the team of town councillors who lead the council through “lengthy negotiations” with East Suffolk Council.

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She said: “This is great news for our town and an opportunity not only to maintain these areas to a higher standard but for local people to have more say in how they are developed to meet our needs.

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“For instance, plans are already well underway to install an ATM at the council offices. Agreements have been made with the commercial providers and planning permission is at an advanced stage.”

The mayor went on to say that the acquisition of these assets means the town council is in a much stronger position to maintain amenities to a higher standard and has acquired greater control over more areas of public space.

“Gaining the freehold of the Broad Street building raises the town’s status and gives Bungay parity of esteem with many other Suffolk market towns who enjoy ownership of their historic town halls,” town clerk Jeremy Burton said.

Correction: In a previous article, we stated that a cash point for Bungay would be installed at the Riverside Centre.

This was incorrect. The cash point will be installed at the Town Council’s offices on Broad Street.

We would like to apologise for the error.

The article also used an outdated photograph of the town council, which included town councillor Simon Woods, who has sadly passed away.

We apologise for the use of the photograph and any upset caused.

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