MP calls for bank to stay open

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

SOUTH Le­ices­ter­shire MP Al­berto Costa has called for a lead­ing bank’s CEO to re­con­sider their de­ci­sion to close a branch.

The Lut­ter­worth out­let of Bar­clays is set to close on De­cem­ber 14 due to a de­cline in foot­fall and the num­ber of cus­tomers us­ing the bank’s ser­vices.

Mr Costa, said: “I was deeply dis­ap­pointed to hear that the Lut­ter­worth Bar­clays branch will be clos­ing on 14 De­cem­ber, es­pe­cially as this comes so soon af­ter the pro­posed Novem­ber clo­sure of their En­derby branch, also located in my con­stituency.

“Un­doubt­edly this will be in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing news to my con­stituents in Lut­ter­worth who I know use the branch quite fre­quently and rely on many of the cru­cial ser­vices it pro­vides.”

The South Le­ices­ter­shire MP is en­cour­ag­ing the bank to re­con­sider its de­ci­sion, as he em­pha­sises the im­por­tance of high street bank­ing for those such as the el­derly, who may not use in­ter­net bank­ing and might pre­fer a more per­sonal, and in-per­son ser­vice.

Mr Costa added: “I will be writ­ing to Bar­clays to ask for a full ex­pla­na­tion be­hind this clo­sure, and more im­por­tantly, to ask what mech­a­nisms they will put in place to cater for the branch’s ex­ist­ing cus­tomers.”

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