Planned closure of Barclays Bank, Spilsby

Leader of the Council, Councillor Craig Leyland, has written to Barclays Bank following news of the planned closure of their branch in Spilsby. The letter encourages Barclays to reconsider the closure and look at ways they can support the local community. The letter can be read in full below.

Via Email to:
The Community Banking Director
Lincolnshire & Yorkshire

Dear Sir,

Re: Spilsby Branch Closure

As Leader of East Lindsey District Council, I wish to formally register my disappointment in response to the announcement that the Barclays branch in Spilsby has been earmarked for closure in November of this year.

I am sure you will appreciate that, following recent announcements of additional high street bank closures in Alford, Horncastle, Coningsby and Mablethorpe, the continued withdrawal of banking facilities within our rural communities will have a significant impact in terms of isolating local residents and businesses from access to dedicated financial advice and services. We anticipate that it will also present associated challenges in terms of reducing footfall and vitality within our town centres.

This is further exacerbated by poorer national investment in Broadband coverage and public transport links in remote areas of our District and the subsequent difficulty this provides for some of our residents to access alternative service provisions effectively. We would therefore encourage you to consider what additional community support could be provided to your customer base in Spilsby, especially in the form of regular mobile banking visits (particularly encouraged on market days) and further support to enable customers to access services online effectively.

Whilst the bank closure report on the Barclays website provides a commercial rationale for the branch closure in terms of published user data, we would also be interested to better understand what support arrangements are in place for any staff at risk of redundancy through the announced closure and what alternative uses you may be looking to facilitate in relation to the vacated premises in the Spilsby town centre.

Yours faithfully,

Cllr Craig Leyland