PLANS to provide a free cash point at Bell Cliff in Lyme Regis have hit a stumbling block, as the necessary utilities took so long to install at the site that the supplier is no longer providing the facilities.
The town council agreed to install a cash point at Bell Cliff after Lloyds closed in 2017, leaving only one free ATM in town, outside Tesco Express.
The closure sparked what became known as the “cash point crisis” during the summer of 2017, with the Tesco Express ATM regularly running out of cash, leaving residents and visitors struggling to withdraw money.
Arthur Fordham & Co has since installed its own free cash point, opposite Bell Cliff, to help alleviate the problem.
The town council’s operations manager, Matt Adamson-Drage, reported at a recent meeting that, within the time it took BT to install a phone line at Bell Cliff, the Bank of England had changed its charges for companies providing cash points, and most had stopped installing them because they no longer made any money.
Mr Adamson-Drage said he was trying to negotiate with the town council’s chosen provider Cash Zone to install a one-off, but there had only ever been a verbal contract in place.
Councillor John Broom commented: “So we’ve been going ahead with nothing at all?”
Councillor Jeff Scowen added: “We’ve just got a pile of rubble with a hole in it – great!”
Councillor Cheryl Reynolds said the electricity and phone line had been installed at “considerable expense” and she did not think the council should drop the idea.