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Barclays to be 'held to account'

Barclays Bank is to be asked why it is closing its branch in Market Deeping on May 17.

A full meeting of South Kesteven District Council resolved last week to ‘invite’ bank bosses to address the council about its closure plans.

Phil Dilks (6816449)
Phil Dilks (6816449)

The call came from Deepings Labour councillor Phil Dilks, who said Barclays is the last remaining bank in Market Deeping and its closure is seen as “a kick in the teeth for a community serving 18,000 people.”

He continued: “Given SKDC policy is to build the economy, please write to Barclays to come to Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee to see how we can work with them.”

Bourne Austerby Conservative Robert Reid offered his ‘condolences’ to Market Deeping, saying Bourne lost its Barclays in June.

He said: “I think it would be prudent to hold them to account over this closure. It’s the only worthwhile way we can be a customer force to be reckoned with.”

Councillors agreed to invite bank officials to a future meeting, but they accepted “getting them to come is another matter.”

The closure came as Barclays also said it would close its Uppingham branch on April 26 and Santander will close it Oakham branch on April 25.

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