Travelodge proposes partnership with St Edmundsbury Borough Council

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Hotel chain Travelodge has written to St Edmundsbury Borough Council asking whether it would like to join forces to build a new hotel in Bury St Edmunds.

The letter sent to the council follows the firm’s announcement that it has secured three new hotel sites in partnership with three other local authorities across the UK - Cherwell District Council in Bicester, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in Redhill and Breckland Council in Thetford.

These three developments represent an investment of £11.5 million and the creation of 50 new jobs.

A spokesman for Travelodge said there were no specific sites in Bury St Edmunds that had been earmarked for development.

Peter Gowers, Travelodge Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be working with leading local authorities to help local communities realise the income potential, job creation and other community benefits that a Travelodge-backed development scheme can bring to their area.

“There are considerable growth opportunities for Travelodge in the area and we are looking forward to adding further hotels to the portfolio as we extend the programme over the years ahead.”

Cllr Alaric Pugh, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said: “We are definitely open for business and we would be very interested to hear more from Travelodge about its proposal.

“Together with our West Suffolk partners at Forest Heath, we have a strong track record of working with businesses, drawing inward investment, creating job opportunities and delivering value for money to our taxpayers. “It may be that there is an opportunity for a partnership here and we look forward to examining it in more detail”.”