Question mark over North Walsham Wetherspoon deal

North Walsham Town Council on-the-move to new offices. Left to right, town clerk Nick Clancy, assist

North Walsham Town Council on-the-move to new offices. Left to right, town clerk Nick Clancy, assistant clerk Tina Foster and administration assistant Bethany Canham-Biggs. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Decades of history has come to an end this week as North Walsham Town Council quit its New Road offices and began heading for another home in the town.

The town council and other tenants had been given notice by the building's owner, North Norfolk District Council, which plans to sell the property to national pub giant JD Wetherspoon for £350,000.

But a possible question mark over the deal has emerged following the announcement that North Walsham's sizeable and prominent Market Place HSBC bank is to close in November.

Wetherspoons is know for converting large unconventional buildings into pubs.

A Wetherspoon's spokesman said: 'Wetherspoon wasn't aware that HSBC was to close. The information is of interest.'

The town council is moving to the register office on King's Arms Street and in future full council meetings may be held in different venues around the town, according to town clerk Nick Clancy.

'We will be in smaller premises so we are looking at our options,' said Mr Clancy.

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He has approached chiefs at North Walsham Community Centre, The Atrium, church rooms, Manor Road and Millfield schools and the Victory leisure centre about using their facilities for meetings, possibly on a rotational basis.

North Walsham CAB, the last of the New Road site tenants, hopes to move to number 3 St Nicholas Court precinct, former home of the Elizabeth FitzRoy charity's day care centre, at the end of the month. North Norfolk Community Transport, which had also shared the premises, has moved to the industrial estate.

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