I am hugely concerned to hear about plans to close Barclays Bank in Frodsham – it is the latest in a line of high street bank closures, and I fear it will leave far too many people financially stranded.

I have written to the Chief Executive of Barclay’s Bank and Business Secretary Greg Clark calling for an urgent rethink.

Barclays announced plans to axe its Main Street branch on February 23 next year in a letter sent to customers last week

The move comes after a spate of other bank closures in our town, notably HSBC last year, and the axing of Natwest only last month.

In the letter, Barclay’s blame ‘a low and falling level of transactions’ at the branch saying its Frodsham customers could use its Widnes Simms Cross and Stockton Heath branches instead – a choice which I believe is unacceptable due to the special circumstances surrounding the new Mersey Gateway tolls and public transport challenges for many.

Crossing the bridge to Widnes will incur Frodsham residents an extra £4 just to do their banking, not to mention the huge inconvenience it will cause.

If they’re using public transport they will face journeys of up to an hour each way, with sizeable walks in-between bus and train changes.”

Every community is different. Frodsham is semirural with a large percentage of elderly residents and it’s now bordered by a toll bridge.

Areas like Frodsham don’t have the transport links or even the broadband speeds for Internet banking that you’d find in major urban areas.

I believe these are special circumstances, and I’m calling on Barclay’s to rethink this urgently and not abandon this community, rather than simply adopting a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the way it does business.

If you want to get in touch to register your support for my campaign, or have any concerns about this closure please email mike.amesbury.mp@parliament.uk or call 01928 620061


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