New kiosk at Bury bus station to help reduce building’s running costs

Adam Brough, operations manager at Churchill Catering with finance director Liz Nicholl, Karen Maris, Mayor of St Edmundsbury Borough Cllr Patrick Chung, Keri Isherwood and Cllr Robert Everitt celebrate the opening of the Take 5 kiosk at Bury St Edmunds bus station

Adam Brough, operations manager at Churchill Catering with finance director Liz Nicholl, Karen Maris, Mayor of St Edmundsbury Borough Cllr Patrick Chung, Keri Isherwood and Cllr Robert Everitt celebrate the opening of the Take 5 kiosk at Bury St Edmunds bus station

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A revamp of Bury St Edmunds bus station in a council’s bid to cut costs is taking shape with the launch of a new kiosk.

The Take 5 kiosk, run by Churchill Catering, will sell snacks and drinks in one of two areas created at the building.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council is marketing the other area as a lettable space for retail use. It has also removed 3.63 full time equivalent staff from the building - with real time information boards installed to provide updates on bus services.

The overhaul is part of the authority’s plan to reduce the building’s £250,000 a year running costs.

A council spokesman said of the 3.6 staff, 0.95 are being made redundant while some were redeployed within the council and others found jobs elsewhere.

He said removing the staff has saved about £100,000 and further savings will be made by letting the two areas.

Cllr Robert Everitt, cabinet member for families and communities at St Edmundsbury, said: “The ongoing challenges to the our public funding has meant that we needed to reduce the building’s £250,000 a year running costs - but we have also been very conscious that this shouldn’t be at detriment to people that use the building, and I think we have struck that balance.

“It has not been easy. We no longer have our own staff working in the building as some have moved on to other vacancies within the borough council, while others we have helped into alternative employment.

“We will now push on with marketing this great letting space.”

Tony Nicholl, managing director of Churchill Catering, added that they have a ‘good working relationship’ with the council after taking over the cafe at West Stow Country Park in the summer.