Like many of my constituents, I am very disappointed that Barclays have decided to close their branches in Thirsk, Easingwold and Malton. Having access to banking in rural areas is critical and will have a knock on effect on local residents and businesses who often rely on a physical bank branch.
I have met with Barclays to ensure there will be a provision for residents going forward and been assured there will be permanent ‘Barclays Local’ facilities in all three locations. In Easingwold there will be a presence of 20 hours per week and Thirsk and Malton 14 hours per week - where customers can meet colleagues for face-to-face support without the need to travel.
While many personal and business transactions can be carried out at the Post Office, it is still not acceptable that rural areas once again bear the brunt of loss of services. As the details of the closures and replacement support are finalised, I will keep up regular communications with Barclays and ensure residents' concerns are raised with them directly and properly addressed.