North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb says the planned closure of Stalham’s two banks is a ‘real blow for customers’ and must be followed by action to ensure businesses in the town do not suffer. He has written to the Chairman of Barclays urging them to think again. He is also writing to Nat West.
Mr Lamb met with a representative of Barclays Bank today to hear why they plan to close their branch in Stalham. Local councillor, Pauline Grove-Jones, Chair of Stalham Town Council, Dr Duncan Edmonds and a representative of North Norfolk District Council also attended the meeting.
“I understand that Barclays have made a commercial decision but their own Chairman has expressed concern about towns being left without any banks. That's precisely the situation that now faces Stalham.
I want to make sure we really understand the impact of these closures on the town. I would encourage everyone affected – businesses and local residents – to contact me to let me know their views. All comments will be put to both banks. We need to make sure that Stalham has a bright future, I will do all I can to support local people.”
Stalham will be left with just one option for banking in the town – the Post Office. Mr Lamb said it was thanks to investment under the last coalition government that Post Offices continue to provide vital services in communities like Stalham.