THE battle to save a village bank from closure has attracted more political support.
HSBC told customers it plans to close the bank in Cefn Mawr, near Wrexham on September 30, sparking a furious response from politicians and villagers.
Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones and AM Ken Skates have already criticised the decision and joined the campaign to keep the branch open.
Now, Antoinette Sandbach, Conservative AM for North Wales, has met senior managers from HSBC to discuss the implications for the village.
Ms Sandbach suggested alternative methods of delivery of services, such as opening part-time. She also sought assurances no jobs would be lost with the closure and staff would continue working in other branches.
She said: “HSBC’s decision to shut its Cefn Mawr branch is a blow to the local community.
“I would urge any local customers who will be affected by the closure to contact me directly and I will take up any concerns on their behalf.”
Members of Cefn Mawr Community Council have voiced their own opposition to the closure of the bank in in Well Street.
Clerk Rhona Roberts said: “Local residents are really upset.
“HSBC downgraded it and denied people the right to open an account and now they want to close it altogether.”
A spokesman for HSBC said: “This branch is one of the most under-used in the country and that is the main reason for the closure.”
Ms Sandbach can be contacted at Antoinette.Sandbach@wales.gov.uk or by calling 029 2089 8577.
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