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This is who is moving into Driffield’s former Barclays bank building

Bookmakers Boyle Sports is taking a punt on the former Barclays building in Driffield town centre.

It has applied to convert the bank into a betting shop, and says it will create six jobs and invest £300,000 into transforming the premises by the end of the summer.

Barclays in Market Place closed last January and a deal was struck initially with commercial property investors with a view to bringing in a high street retailer.

That fell through and last June, a national care home provider was said to be looking to turn the building into its offices.

However, Boyle Sports has now applied for permission to change to use of the building to a betting shop.

Founded in 1989 by John Boyle, the business has grown to having more than 300 shops in Ireland and the UK.

Sharon McHugh, head of communications for BoyleSports, said: “Before opening at any location BoyleSports undertakes extensive market research.

“We identified Driffield as a location that would benefit from our unique retail environment and innovative industry leading offers, and we hope we will be able to open to the betting public in Driffield towards the end of the summer.

“In addition to the 26 temporary construction jobs, the new shop will also create three full time and three part time jobs and support numerous supply chain roles.

“BoyleSports will also be investing in the region of £300,000 to provide a first-rate betting shop in this location.

“We pride ourselves on ensuring our customers have an enjoyable and comfortable space to bet and we look forward to bringing our Driffield customers more choice along with excellent service in the new retail outlet.”

Boyle Sports says ‘a betting office is a footfall-generating use and that people who visit betting offices also visit and spend money in other shops and services in the town centre’.

“This behaviour demonstrates components of a healthy retail environment and highlights that betting offices do not present a harm to the shopping function or vitality and viability of town centres, but in fact positively contribute towards them.”

A proposal to convert the first and second floors of the building into five apartments was refused by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in January.

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