Staff are to be axed from Bury St Edmunds Bus Station’s Information Building in plans which would save a council about £100,000.
The 3.63 full time equivalent staff who provide details about bus services will be given the chance to work elsewhere within St Edmundsbury Borough Council. It says it will ‘seek to avoid redundancies as far as possible’.
Information screens will instead be set up by the county council under the plans, which will see the bus station split into a lettable space and waiting area with a cafe kiosk to generate an annual income for the borough.
It follows ‘unsuccessful negotiations’ by the borough to form a lease agreement with commercial providers and community groups for the building.
The changes will also create an outside access to the public toilets and negotiations are being held with an organisation to keep Shopmobility scooters close to the station.
However, concerns have been raised about the move.
Independent Cllr David Nettleton said: “I have doubts about the commercial viability of it. It’s just a bit far from the main retail area.” He said changing the access to the toilets could attract anti-social behaviour.
Labour Cllr Diane Hind added: “I think a kiosk could work but as it would have to sell drinks very cheaply I’m not sure the profit margins will be there to sustain a business in the long term.”
St Edmundsbury’s cabinet will decide next week whether to invest £39,500 to make the changes. If approved, they would start in January to be completed by April.
Cllr Robert Everitt, cabinet member for families and communities, said they had to be ‘pragmatic’ about how to sustain services in the light of diminished Government funding. He said: “These changes will have no impact on the bus services. People will still be able to access the toilets, baby changing and waiting areas and the opening hours will not change.”