Closure of Devizes restaurant leaves transport desk homeless

Sarah Cousins pictured at the opening of Scrummylicious

Sarah Cousins pictured at the opening of Scrummylicious

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The closure of the Scrummylicious restaurant in Devizes Market Place on Friday means that the ill-fated transport information desk is homeless once again.

The local transport group, Devizes Passengers, has struggled to find a permanent home for a bus information point since Wiltshire Council closed Devizes Visitor Centre in the Market Place two years ago.

Sarah Cousins opened Scrummylicious in the former Polly Tea Rooms site in the new Gaiger’s development in April this year. Her menu of good plain home-cooked food was popular but not enough to fill such a large space and she is said to be looking for smaller unit elsewhere in the Market Place.

She was happy to give room for the information point and freephone to Wiltshire Council’s Connect2Wiltshire bus service but now the restaurant has closed, Devizes Passengers is desperate to find a new outlet as soon as possible.

Kate Freeman, speaking for Devizes Passengers at the Devizes Area Board meeting on Monday evening, said: “It is a shame the restaurant didn’t thrive but the upshot is our information desk no longer has a home.

“It is absolutely essential to have an information point, otherwise people won’t be able to make decisions about travelling on public transport. The information point had 150 inquiries a month, which is around what the tourist information centre was doing.

“People would also leave their posters for display at the information desk, even when it wasn’t manned. Where are they going to do that now?”

There is a notice on the window of Scrummylicious advising people to seek information at Wiltshire Council’s offices round the corner in Snuff Street.

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