Safety concerns raised after Budleigh mobile bank forced to move

PUBLISHED: 09:29 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:33 19 June 2017

Budleigh Salterton's mobile bank has been forced to move into the car park behind the Public Hall. Ref exb 22-16AW 9220. Picture: Alex Walton

Budleigh Salterton's mobile bank has been forced to move into the car park behind the Public Hall. Ref exb 22-16AW 9220. Picture: Alex Walton

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Safety concerns have been raised in Budleigh Salterton after a mobile bank was forced to move into a public car park.

NatWest’s mobile bank has been forced to relocate from its traditional Station Road home to a public car park after a civil parking enforcement officer told them they couldn’t park in a spot designated for taxis.

This has meant relocating to the car park behind the public hall, which has raised concerns with cars and buses often driving through that area, as well as fire appliances from the nearby station.

County councillor Christine Channon has been lobbying the council to give the bank special dispensation to park in its traditional kerbside spot.

She said: “People were finding it very useful where they (NatWest) were parking – it’s accessible for everyone.

“What I don’t want is for them to go into the car park behind the public hall. I want somewhere that has easy access and is safe.”

Since NatWest closed its Budleigh branch in February 2015, a mobile bank has come to the town once a week, parking in a designated taxi bay outside the public hall.

A spokesman for Devon County Council, the highways authority, said: “All mobile banks that operate across the county are expected to park in accordance with the signed restrictions.

“In some instances it may be preferable that they find a suitable off-street location to operate from.”

A NatWest spokesperson said: “At the moment, the mobile bank stops at the public car park where customers can access the branch safely.

“We are also working with the local council to restore the kerbside service.”

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