Surrey petition over Claygate Barclays Bank closure

A petition of over a thousand signatures is to be handed to Barclays Bank next week in a bid to prevent the closure of a village branch in Surrey.

Residents and traders are campaigning to keep the branch in Claygate open.

Elmbridge councillor Steve Wells said there was huge support for the petition which would be "into four figures".

Barclays Bank said the decision to close the branch had not been taken lightly and it was working to minimise the impact on customers.

'Vital to community'

Mr Wells said the reason for closure given by Barclays had been diminishing customer numbers.

He said: "This is a vital part of the community. There is a lot of talk these days about how small businesses are the engine room of the economy

"Well there are a lot of businesses here, over thirty independent businesses, that really need this bank and if Barclays is committed to small businesses, really I would ask them to reconsider their decision.

"All the anecdotal evidence from Claygate is that it is very well used."

Mr Wells also said there had also been great concern from elderly residents about the bank closure.

A statement from Barclays Bank said: "The Barclays branch network is one of the largest and most widespread in the UK.

"There are regular changes as we work to ensure we have branches where customers need and use them.

"This often means opening or refurbishing a branch but occasionally the decision is made to close a branch for example where there is low customer use."

It said there would be no job losses from the closure and all staff would be relocated to other local branches.

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