Anger after Lloyds announces plans to close Kirkby's 'last bank standing'

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Political leaders in Ashfield have slammed a decision by Lloyds to close down Kirkby’s last remaining bank next year.

Lloyds Banking Group has announced the closure of the Station Street branch on February 7 – as part of 48 branch closures around the country.

It has already closed 56 banks this year and is in the process of shutting a further 44 before the end of November.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The latest closures, which will be completed by April 2022, bring the total to 148 since the beginning of this year.

Kirkby's Lloyds branch is set to closeKirkby's Lloyds branch is set to close
Kirkby's Lloyds branch is set to close

Of the closures, 41 will be Lloyds branches, with a further seven Halifax outlets set to go.

Now, both Councillor Jason Zadrozny, leader of Ashfield District Council, and MP Lee Anderson are calling for a rethink, and have written to top bankers at the company, describing the impact the closure would have.

Both say the closure would have a devastating impact on many older people and those who don’t use phone or online banking.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Coun Zadrozny, who is himself a customer at the branch, described the move as ‘bank robbery’.

Councillor Jason ZadroznyCouncillor Jason Zadrozny
Councillor Jason Zadrozny

He told your Chad: “This is the last bank we have in Kirkby. This feels like a bank robbery. Like thousands of residents in our town – my family and I have used the bank for generations.

"The Lloyds Banking Group claim it is because significantly fewer customers were visiting the branches like our one in Kirkby.

"I simply don’t recognise this and it’s always packed when I visit. I get that over recent years, many residents’ banking habits have changed. Lloyds in Kirkby, however, retained a loyal customer base and this short-sighted decision will impact the elderly and businesses in our town.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“This decision has been taken without any consultation with their loyal customer base. Not everybody banks online – like the thousands of Kirkby residents impacted – I am very old fashioned and like to go in and talk about my account to the friendly staff. This will all be removed in the name of greed and worry about the potential redundancies this will have.”

Lee Anderson MPLee Anderson MP
Lee Anderson MP

The company has said that 178 workers will be affected by the closures, and will be offered voluntary redundancy or a different job within the business.

Also condemning he move, MP Lee Anderson said: “I am very disappointed and concerned by the announcement from Lloyds that they are closing their bank branch in Kirkby.

"This branch serves many of the surrounding villages as well as residents in Kirkby, meaning it will hit many of the communities in my constituency very hard.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

"In-person banking services are vital to many in my constituency, so I have written to the banking group and asked them to rethink this decision.”

Of all the proposed closures, the Kirkby branch is one of just two planned for the East Midlands, with another set to be closed in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

Vim Maru, Lloyds Banking Group’s retail director, said: “Like many other businesses, we have seen people using our branches less frequently in recent years, and this decline is continuing.

"Our branches remain a fundamental part of how we serve our customers, but we need to ensure the size of our branch network reflects the number of customers wanting to use them.”

Read More
48 further coronavirus cases in Mansfield

Editor’s message: Support your Chad by becoming a digital subscriber. You will see 70 per cent fewer ads on stories, meaning faster load times and an overall enhanced user experience. Click here to subscribe.