Julian is arranging an urgent meeting with Barclays to gain commitments to maintain local banking services given recent news of the planned closure of their Haxby branch.
Barclays have announced their intention to shut this site in October, citing huge reductions in the number of customers using an in-person service relative to those using telephone or online banking.
Given the vital importance of access to physical banking services for the community, especially for many older or more vulnerable residents, I think it is essential to seek guarantees Barclays will continue to assist its loyal local customers through a proper presence in Haxby.
I am reassured by indications that Barclays are looking to offer in-person services in the village to residents that need them, for instance in the local library, but want to hear concrete proposals on this.
Thankfully, several cash machines close by and the banking services available at Haxby Post Office continue to provide important facilities, but this is no substitute for Barclays putting in place proper ongoing provision for residents.
I am determined to secure results on this, and maintain the welfare of the local community.