Henry said he strongly supports local branch banks and is very disappointed and saddened that Barclays are closing their Hardwick branch on Hansa Road.
Commenting Henry said: “Although more and more people are committed to online and telephone banking, there are still plenty of smaller businesses that rely on the local branch in-order to pay in cash and cheques. It is certainly the intention of the big banks to move towards a cashless society but there will always be a significant number of businesses and individuals that cannot do without their local branch.”
“Bearing this in mind, I have been in touch with Barclays about this to express my grave concerns, I have also asked them if they have consulted fully and properly with their customers.”
Henry went on to say: “My own view is that they should put this on hold pending a proper survey of their existing customer base; as well as examining whether there is an argument for expanding this branch and offering more services.”