Flitwick Town Council Exploring Exciting Opportunity For The Town
Video announcement from the Town Mayor, Cllr Andy Snape and Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Jeremy Dann.
Flitwick Town Council has agreed to investigate and pursue the purchase of the Barclays Bank building and frontage to protect and preserve this prime community space for now and future generations.
The feedback from our recent resident survey highlighted the lack of public space in the town centre to bring the community together. Having this space within the Council’s ownership alongside the war memorial would provide a central focal point for entertainment, events such as an annual Christmas Carol event and displays by local groups, specialist markets or simply a place to sit and meet in the town. It would also help preserve our town centre and mitigate the risk of the building being taken over by a developer for residential units.
We understand that Barclays have a lease until 2026. Depending on their plans after this date, the building could offer a range of opportunities such as start-up business units, restaurants or indeed remain as a very well valued banking service.
Our next step is to apply for a Public Works Loan to fund the project. We can confirm that this will have no impact on the precept for the residents of Flitwick.
We view this as a once in a lifetime opportunity to save a community benefit that we have never been able to utilise to its full potential. The Town Council will make a conscious effort to obtain the premises, but we may not be successful. We will keep you updated on our progress.
Share your views with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website and complete our feedback form Alternatively, you can come along to the Chat to a Councillor session on Saturday 24th July by the central walkway in Tesco car park between 10am to 12 noon.