King’s Lynn CAB says it has still found nowhere new to go

GV of the King's Lynn Citizens Advice Norfolk Branch in St Nicholas Street ANL-160327-122320009
GV of the King's Lynn Citizens Advice Norfolk Branch in St Nicholas Street ANL-160327-122320009
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Norfolk Citizens Advice is stepping up its search for new premises in Lynn as the date approaches for it to vacate its offices in St Nicholas Street.

The CAB is due to leave its current office, which has been home to the service for six years, next month.

Staff and volunteers were recently told they had to prepare to clear their desks ahead of moving.

Steve Cheshire, chief executive officer of Norfolk CAB said: “Our main challenge at the moment is to find premises in the town centre which are accessible for service users with disabilities, and at a rent we can afford,” said.

“We are not due to leave till the end of next month, and all our staff and volunteers will be staying on to maintain the current level of service to our clients. And we’re still hopeful of finding new premises to continue that service.

“The loss of our funding from King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council was not the main reason for the closure of the office.

“The rent on the premises was due to rise steeply and we could no longer afford it on our limited resources.

“For several months we have been looking at a number of options for providing our services to those facing often massive difficulties in their lives, and at how best to prioritise those in most need.

“Throughout this time, we have continued to look for suitable premises and at no time have we ruled out continuing to provide our traditional drop-in advice service.

“A number of partner agencies have offered us accommodation in their own offices. However, in each case we wouldn’t be able to use the space to offer an easily accessible service to the general public.

“The search for a suitable site which can be easily adapted for the use of our team in King’s Lynn is therefore now a matter of urgency.

“We want to remain in the town centre where people who need our services can access them easily.

“The loss of the borough council funding has been a blow, but we are committed to working with both the county and borough councils to ensure that people in Lynn get the best possible service from available resources.

“And we all remain hopeful that a suitable new home for King’s Lynn CAB – at an affordable rent – may be identified.”