Talks aims to reassure firms ahead of Barclays bank closure

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Top-level talks have taken place to try and allay the concerns of businesses in Market Weighton over the closure of the local Barclays Bank branch on December 12.

The discussions took place at the Londesborough Arms between representatives of the Town Team and the head of TSB Business Banking, Stephen Hutchinson.

Traders say Barclays is the last ‘business bank’ on the High Street and, unless a solution can be found, it would mean travelling to Pocklington or Beverley.

Newsagent Lionel Cashin of the Town Team said that the talks went “very well” and they were “keeping our fingers crossed”.

Mark Buckle, the local TSB Manager and the Town Team arranged for Mr Hutchinson to come to the town. Now, TSB will put together a small, dedicated, team to deal with any inquiries from businesses.

“They are working very hard to see what can be done.

“If we had to go to Pocklington or Beverley it would add to our costs in terms of the petrol used, the insurance cover required, parking costs and paying someone to cover the shop while we were out.” said Mr Cashin.

Barclays has apologised in a letter sent on October 20 to Mrs Yvonne Cashin.

“With customers changing the way they do their day to day banking we have to change with them,” says the letter from senior case manager Greg Lambert Tuthill.

A letter from Karen Swainston, head of corporate relations North East, to MP Sir Greg Knight, says the decision hadn’t been taken lightly but the daily volume of transactions was half the volume they would expect for the two mandatory members of staff needed to open the branch.