Closed bank could be given new life

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 June 2014

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THE old HSBC building in Winscombe could be turned into a tearoom.

Charlotte Oliver, aged 24, has applied for planning permission to change the use of the building.

The bank, which closed last September, was the third bank closure to hit the village in recent years.

The former NatWest building on Woodborough Road was converted into residential property.

Miss Oliver hopes creating a new tea room will benefit the whole village and said: “It would be nice to turn it into a place where all the villagers can enjoy and get to know people.”

Miss Oliver currently works as a manager at Morrisons alongside running Charlo’s Sweet Treats, a successful online cake business.

She said: “I will still do my cakes online but it will be nice to have a place to do more, just making cakes isn’t enough.”

If the plans are accepted Miss Oliver hopes to open the tea room by the end of August.

She said: “It will have a vintage feel, I want to keep all the walls white and have lots of flowers and vintage wooden furniture.”

The parish council planning committee will discuss the application at its next meeting on July 7.

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