Following the recent announcement by Lloyds Bank that it will sadly be closing its branch in Royal Wootton Bassett in December due to the majority of its customers using alternative services, North Wiltshire MP James Gray stated:

“I am concerned that the closure of the branch will leave vulnerable and elderly people without in-person access to vital banking services and I would note that the nearest alternative Lloyds branch to Royal Wootton Bassett will be in Swindon – nearly six miles away”.

In a letter to the Post Office asking them to consider establishing a Banking Hub in Royal Wootton Bassett, Mr Gray added:

“I would advance the strongest possible argument that Royal Wootton Bassett – a Wiltshire market town of 10,000 people with a vibrant High Street – would be in huge need of such a hub”.

A Banking Hub of this kind would preserve basic in-person banking services at one central High Street location, jointly run by the Post Office and trained staff from all major banks. Mr Gray has offered his help to make this Banking Hub a reality in Royal Wootton Bassett and sincerely hopes that the Post Office will give due consideration to this proposal.