Barclays Bank have said that they will defer the closure of their branch in Bexley Village until September. The news follows representations by James Brokenshire to senior managers over the impact of the closure on the Village during a particularly challenging period because of the engineering works to replace the bridge at the Old Mill.
During a meeting with Barclays executives, James underlined the importance of customers with mobility issues being able to access bank services. The MP also highlighted broader concerns about the message the closure would send when there were already significant worries about the impact of the bridge works on business in the village and that the timing couldn't be worse. Barclays said they would consider James’s representations before finalising their plans.
In an email to James, Barclays have now agreed to put back the closure of the bank, which is the last in Bexley Village, until September.
Commenting James said:
“I'm disappointed that Barclays still plan to go ahead with their plans, but recognise that they have taken some further steps to mitigate the impact by deferring the closure. This will at least ensure that bank branch services will remain available in the Village during the difficult period when the bridge works are being carried out. I will continue to remain in contact with Barclays on other proposals to provide alternative banking services to customers with mobility or other needs which make it difficult for them to travel to other local Barclays branches."