Campaign pays off as new cash machine is installed in Uppingham

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A new cash machine has opened in Uppingham much to the delight of market traders and shoppers following a campaign.

The ATM machine has been installed in Market Place and in the next few weeks will also include a public payphone.

Uppingham Town Council, Uppingham Town Partnership and Uppingham First had been campaigning to get another cash machine in the town since HSBC closed its branch in the Market Place in July, leaving the town with only one external ATM.

BT then submitted a planning application to install a cash machine in the phonebox in the Market Place, next to Blossom florist, which was approved by Rutland County Council.

The ATM was officially opened for public use on Friday last week by Uppingham mayor David Casewell, deputy mayor Dave Ainslie and town clerk Susan Awcock.

Mayor David Casewell said: “We are delighted the new cash machine is up and running and I’m sure market traders and the community will be exceedingly grateful for it.

“Market traders had noticed a 30 per cent down turn in trade since HSBC closed so the new machine will be very welcomed.”

Neil Cavner, who owns a meat stall at the market, said: “The installation can only be a positive for the market and the whole town. Although we do take cards, it’s great to see the cashpoint. Our thanks go to the town council.”

BT is set to install a phone at the back of the machine in the coming weeks.

There is another 24-hour cash machine at Barclays in High Street West. There is also a machine in One Stop in High Street West and in Martin’s newsagents in High Street East.