Bank branch will be a community hub

The former Nat West branch at Queensbury
The former Nat West branch at Queensbury

A FORMER bank is to be turned into the hub of a community.

The Nat West in High Street, Queensbury, closed earlier this year.

It was bought by Queensbury independent councillors Paul and Lynda Cromie and it will become a base for a programme of courses.

He is on the management team of the Queensbury Community Programme and owns neighbouring land and decided to buy the building.

“When I looked round it I thought it would be perfect for the QCP and I invited colleagues to look around and they said it’s exactly what was wanted,” said Coun Paul Cromie.

The QCP will rent space at below market value for courses which include Spanish, cake decoration, flower arranging and a silver surfers’ class.

For the last 20 years it has been running courses to meet community demand at the Victoria Hall and Queensbury School.

“We have wanted to branch out and consolidate under one roof,” said Coun Cromie.

“With our own premises we have 24/7 access.”

QCP chairman Coun Michael Walls (Con) said the impending move was a positive step forward and would also provide adequate office space.

“The QCP has a turnover of more than £100,000 and has expanded out of all proportion. Classes are well attended as we respond to community needs,” he said.