Planning Service assist Torrington towards new ATM Cash Machine

ATM Machine

Following the withdrawal of Lloyds Bank from Torrington Town centre and the removal of the only remaining 24 Hour ATM, residents and visitors have been finding it increasingly difficult to obtain cash locally. Local Councillors were worried about the situation where a majority of the shops in the Town Centre don't have card machines and there were reports of shoppers not being able to pay for their shopping particularly at the weekends.

In response to this two applications have come forward to restore an ATM service to the Town and the first of these has now been approved. 

Councillor Cathrine Simmons commented: "The lack of a town centre ATM is a serious threat to the viability of the town, which has already seen a decrease in footfall as have many towns. Like others I was concerned that the situation needed to be resolved as quickly as possible."

As a result of this dilemma Torridge's Planning Officers and Planning support team worked together to make sure the first application for an ATM in a BT kiosk in South Street Car Park could be considered as quickly as possible. The Government allows 2 months to determine similar applications but officers at Torridge managed to turnaround the application in record quick time. The application was approved the day after the 21 day consultation period ended - the shortest time possible.

Councillor Simmons went on to say: "Its great that our officers were able to give this application extra focus to help the towns people towards overcoming the hurdle of losing their only town centre ATM. We hope that BT will now be able to forge ahead with the installation which will be a big boost for local traders and shoppers and a great team effort. I understand that a further application to install an ATM in the frontage of a hardware store in the High Street has also been received this week which is also great news."

03 August 2017