Councillor urges Barclays to reconsider Long Stratton branch closure plan

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The Barclays Bank branch in Long Stratton will close in September, it has been confirmed.

The branch, in The Street, which Barclays say has witnessed a 47 per cent decline in usage since 2008, is due to close on September 18.

They added the three staff at the branch were being given the chance to work at a ‘nearby’ branch, while they will be engaging with customers and local businesses, providing information on alternative methods on banking locally.

South Norfolk Councillor for the Long Stratton Ward Kevin Worsley said: “I am very disappointed to hear this news. With the forecasted growth in Long Stratton, this decision seams very short-sighted.

“I urge Barclays to reconsider.”

Chris Channell, Acting Community Leader for Barclays Norfolk and Suffolk, said: “The way customers undertake their banking is changing as people increasingly use online, telephone and mobile devices. We must therefore evolve the shape and size of our branch network in response to changing customer behaviour.

“We hope that the availability of nearby branches at Harleston, Diss and Eaton, access to services at the local Post Office and our range of digital channels will help to ease the transition for our customers as we move out of the Long Stratton branch.”