Fight to save bank services in Aylsham

Talks are under way to retain some Barclays banking services in Aylsham following the company’s decision to close its Market Place branch in January.

Broadland MP Jerome Mayhew launched a campaign after expressing concern the bank’s decision would have a negative impact on many customers,

Now it has emerged Aylsham Town Council has offered to rent out space to Barclays in the Drill Hall to allow for the continuation of some face-to-face contact with customers.

Council chairman Trevor Bennett said: “The Town Council are happy to work with Barclays to assist them in providing the services they are able to in a community building.”

MP Mr Mayhew said he was “delighted” the bank had agreed to formally discuss retaining services in the town.

He said he hoped town councillors would help ensure a resolution was found and added: “I would, once again, thank all those who got in touch and threw their weight behind this campaign, which enabled us to put forward this strong case and get to where we are now.”

Barclays said the decision to close the branch on January 11 was taken because customers were increasingly using alternatives to branches. It said 107 customers used the Aylsham branch exclusively for their banking.

A Barclays spokesperson said it was “actively investigating a number of possibilities” to retain a presence in Aylsham. The branch has eight staff members and they will be offered alternative roles.

CAMPAIGN: Broadland MP Jerome Mayhew outside Barclays Bank in Aylsham.

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