MP’s appeal over bank closure plan

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Rotherham MP John Healey has urged Yorkshire Bank to reconsider closing a branch in the town which is “already reeling” after job losses at Tata Steel.

In a letter to chief executive David Duffy, Mr Healthy argues closing the Parkgate branch would be a further blow. It is just round the corner from Tata’s Aldwarke steel plant, which has seen over 500 redundancies in recent months.

The bank plans to close nine branches in Yorkshire, including one in Thorne, Doncaster, between July and September. It says the move reflects “the changing needs of customers who want to access more services quickly, on the move and outside normal business hours.”

The MP for Wentworth and Dearne writes: ‘With everything that’s happened to this community in recent months, closures like this are becoming increasingly difficult to take. Yorkshire Bank has in the past been a symbol of stability and optimism and now, more than ever, the people of Parkgate need the consistency this local branch provides.

‘I would urge you to review the case for closure of the Parkgate branch, as I believe that at a time when public trust in the banking industry is still so low, local branches like this are vital to rebuilding and maintaining confidence with customers.

“This business is very much at the heart of the community and is a trusted institution in the town.

Many who bank at the branch are elderly people who live locally, including those who would struggle to adapt to modern banking practices and rely on the personal service. This decision of Yorkshire Bank’s is a further blow to a local area.’