FOUR Frodsham councillors have written to the chief executive of Barclays Bank putting forward a suggestion that would enable the bank to keep a branch in the town.
They believe an unmanned branch using new technology could be maintained in Frodsham when the proposed closure of the Main Street branch takes place.
Frodsham town councillors Liam Jones and Adam Wordsworth and Cheshire West and Chester councillors Andrew Dawson and Lynn Riley have asked Barclays boss Jes Staley for a meeting with a bank representative to discuss how the branch could be saved.
They say: “There is a trend among all banks towards closing high street branches and moving customers online, which is understandable and welcome by many customers. However, Frodsham is home to a substantial elderly population, many of whom have no access to the internet and will find it difficult to travel out of town in order to access their banking provisions.
“We recognise that the trend alluded to above is probably irreversible but we are firm believers that with change comes opportunity. With technological developments comes the possibility of keeping banking provisions within the town while meeting your organisational objectives of reducing ongoing overheads.
“We have seen in other towns how Barclays and other banks have provided staff-less branches in which business and personal customers can access the full range of banking services, from withdrawals to deposits. With your bank’s technology centre based at Radbroke Hall in Cheshire, we, as local councillors would be keen to work with Barclays to ensure that these services remain available in Frodsham.”
The four Conservative councillors ask Barclays to consider:
* Consider a staff-free branch for Frodsham complete with ATM and deposit safe
* Having a representative meet with us to discuss how we could help facilitate this community based solution
* Providing training staff in the short term to demonstrate to customers how they could use this service
They say closure of the branch will have an enormous impact on the lives of many people in Frodsham and the use of technology could enable Barclays to stay in the town.