TWO new ATMs may soon be installed in Bradford on Avon town center to help rush shoppers and visitors looking to withdraw cash after the town’s last bank closes.
The move could help boost the city’s business and commerce with local residents and tourists shopping and dining.
Bath businessman Warren Jones said he had previously obtained permission to locate a 24-hour ATM through the Carter & Harding opticians wall at The Shambles.
He is also applying for a building permit to locate a second cash machine next to the Bradford on Avon taxi office at Station Approach, near the station.
“They will be free to use and hopefully increase footfall and help businesses on this side of downtown,” he said.
The move was welcomed by Bradford on Avon councilors who want to increase commerce and tourism in the city.
Cllr Alex Kay, chairman of the city’s planning and environment committee, said: “I think the city will be delighted to have ATM services here again after the bank’s unfortunate closure in May. .
“The distributor required planning at The Shambles, to ensure that the fabric of the building is not adversely affected as it has to be installed in a listed building.
“We are pleased to see this approved as it will be of benefit to residents and visitors of Bradford on Avon, as well as the business community.”
Bradford on Avon Mayor Cllr David Garwood, who chairs the city’s business and tourism committee, said: “I am delighted to see the ATM facilities on offer both in the Shambles and at the train station.
“I am currently conducting an audit of empty stores in town and, in discussions with retailers, many have commented on the decline in their revenue since the departure of Lloyds and the cash machine.
“So I am very happy that Warren’s request to install an ATM in a listed building has been approved by our planning committee as it will help both businesses and visitors to our beautiful city.”
Mr Jones’ firm, Sires Property, is a Bath based property management company. The company owns the Carter & Harding premises at 9-10 The Shambles.
The company was approached by ATM provider YourCash Ltd of Milton Keynes, who agreed to supply the first cash machine for The Shambles.
Mr Jones said: “It will probably take two to three months to install the dispenser if all goes well. YourCash will take care of all aspects of filling and maintaining the machine.
There are currently no ATMs in the city center following Lloyds Bank’s decision to close its Church Street branch.
The nearest vending machines can be found at the Texaco garage on Trowbridge Road and at a 24-hour vending machine in the Sainsbury’s hypermarket on the outskirts of town.
It is understood that the former Lloyds Bank cash machine was processing up to 12,000 transactions per month before being phased out.
Mr. Jones says he expects The Shambles’ new 24-hour vending machine to process between 6,000 and 10,000 transactions per month.