High Street to keep Spar ATM

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NAPB. Pateley Bridge High Street. 110928AR3pic1.

The Spar shop on Pateley Bridge High Street will be allowed to keep the cash machine despite Parish Council and police concerns.

North Yorkshire Police ‘reluctantly’ agreed with the application to retain the ATM, asking for it to be well lit and monitored by CCTV.

In a report to Harrogate Borough Council, Police Architecutal liason officer, Chris Green said: “There have been several shops ram raided recently in North Yorkshire.

“There is not enough pavement width for any bollards to be fixed in front of this ATM to prevent ram raiding.”

In July 2013 the Co-Op Store at Kirkbymoorside was ram raided by a JCB and the ATM stolen in June 2012 the corner of the Morrisons Store at Ripon nearly collapsed after being ram raided.

Mr Green said of the 42 crimes reported in Pateley Bridge in the last 12 months no robberies were recorded.

He said:“Therefore I will reluctantly agree with this ATM application.”

The Pateley Bridge HSBC branch closed on September 27, leading to fears that the cash machine, which had previously been the only 24 hour ATM in Pateley Bridge, would be lost.

The Parish Council had been split on the plans with half of the councillors arguing there was a need for the ATM to support local businesses and the other half raising concerns about traffic.

Councillors voted to object to the plans due to traffic concerns, however North Yorkshire County Council Highways team disagreed and raised no objections.

The council’s planning department approved the restrospective application.