On Friday I was interviewed on Radio Suffolk by Mark Murphy about ‘The Last Bank Standing’. Barclays Bank in Needham Market, the only Bank in town, closed last September and the effect it had had on Needham Market.
A retired Bank Manager was also being interviewed. In the past he had made decisions about closing Bank Branches and said they had always avoided closing the only Bank in a town, but that seemed to have changed. He agreed bank closures affected the local economy with fewer people coming into town and who would have called into the shops at the same time. When this no longer happens it can force some shops to close.
The Barclays Building in Needham Market is still there, and we believe it belongs to a property company who have connections with Barclays. People are still in there working – why could n’t Barclays just re-open the branch?
In May, after heavy rain properties in Needham Market were flooded and Wendy has been tirelessly campaigning for effective action to prevent this hapening again or at least for a more effective response in the future. The latest press article on this is:
After the recent disappointment at the buses in Needham Market no longer going around the residential areas in Needham Market, which was of great concern to the elderly who felt it was their ‘life lline’, and younger people with heavy shopping to carry; District Councillor Wendy Marchant emailed First Buses, who said they would wait for things to settle down, but would like ‘feed back’, Wendy passed this message onto to residents via Needham Market Newsletter, and as a result First Buses have said they hope to start a new timetable in eight weeks time, beginning of December, when it has been to the Traffic Commissioner in Cambridge. They have emailed the proposed new timetable, with a map of the new bus route in Needham Market to Wendy. The new route around the residential areas won’t be quite the same as the old one, which went along Quinton Road, passed the school, and looped the High Street twice. The new proposal is to have two ‘loops’ around Needham Market, one at the south end of the town the 88A, going up Grinstead Hill, along Barking Road, turning into Foxglove Avenue (near the Doctors’ Surgery), into Chainhouse Road, back along Barking Road and into the High Street; at the north end of the town the 88, will go up Barretts Lane, turn into Hurstlea Road, and into Stowmarket Road, and onto Stowmarket. If there is space in Needham Market Newsletter the Town Clerk may put the new time table and the bus route map into the next Needham Market Newsletter. This may not be ideal for everyone, but it is better than nothing, and hopefully it will help a lot of those people who were concerned about the withdrawal of the bus service going around the residential areas altogether.