Ramsey council looks to give new lease of life to former bank building

Barclays, Great Whyte, Ramsey,

Barclays, Great Whyte, Ramsey, - Credit: Archant

An “iconic” building in Ramsey could be set for new owners after the town council announced it was exploring plans to move to a new base.

Ramsey Town Council, which currently rents offices in Church Green, is looking to move into the former Barclays Bank, in Great Whyte.

The town’s deputy mayor, Councillor Doug McIlwain, said: “It is an iconic building in the heart of the town which is available. We want to bring the town council offices closer to the people of Ramsey.”

As a part of the proposed plan, the building would provide offices for council employees as well as a community hall for the public.

“Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots all have a town hall and it seems like Ramsey has been left behind so this would be a good option,” Cllr McIlwain said.

“The council want to by something that will be an asset to the town and something for the Ramsey people to use as a town hall and community rooms.”

The Barclay’s bank closed in February after the banking chain saw a fall in transactions and customer use.

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Before the closures a spokesman for Barclays Bank told The Hunts Post that the decision to close the branch had not been taken lightly, but stressed that staff are being given the opportunity to work at a nearby branch.

Since then the building has been on the market with commercial property agent Pearl and Coutts.

Cllr McIlwain said: “We don’t want the premises sitting there empty like the Natwest building, someone needs to go into the building – whether it be the town council or retail or flats.

“We are in the early stages of this proposal but a task force has been set up to in the town council to find an acceptable building.”

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