New lease of life for Blaenau bank

By Cambrian News reporter in Business

PLANS are afoot to transform Blaenau Ffestiniog’s last bank into a restaurant.

Last year HSBC caused ructions in the town when they announced plans to close down their Blaenau Ffestiniog branch, the last bank left in the town.

Despite fierce opposition, the move went ahead and left locals and visitors scrambling for cash as the town’s remaining ATMs were overworked and often empty.

A new cashpoint outside the town’s Coop has helped alleviate concerns.

However, the old banking building, located in the heart of the town, could now get a new lease of life.

A new application is in to transform the large site into a restaurant and living accommodation.

The proposal from Mr and Mrs JT Jones says that the move will be positive for the town’s economy.

A statement to Gwynedd planners said: “The proposal will provide a good opportunity for a local person to create a new business that will in turn create jobs for local people and will also create a comfortable family home.

“It will make good use of a building that would otherwise offer little to the town.

“The proposed development will enhance the site and generally benefit the immediate area aesthetically.

“The proposal will have a beneficial effect on employment in the area in as much as the construction work and the maintaining of the existing building thereafter along with local jobs the proposed restaurant will create.”

See this week’s north editions for the full story, in shops and online on Thursday

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