James Brokenshire has met senior managers from Barclays Bank over plans to close their branch on Bexley High Street. Barclays have announced they intend to close the branch – which is the last bank in Bexley Village – next March.
During the meeting James underlined the importance of customers with mobility issues being able to access bank services as well as the impact of the closure on the Village. Barclays have agreed to consider James’s representations before finalising their plans.
Commenting James said:
“I hope that Barclays will reflect on their plans and consider the overall impact of this move. It’s not just the loss of the counter service but also things like the withdrawal of the cash point machine and the general message it gives.
“Of course, banks are rationalising their branch networks as more people use online or telephone banking services without the need for actually going into a bank, but the timing of this move couldn’t be worse. There are already concerns over the impact on the Village of the imminent bridge replacement works at the Old Mill and this latest news is the last thing that’s needed.”