The impending closure of Barclays bank in Chalfont St Peter has not been received positively by residents.
It was recently announced that the branch on the High Street would be closing on Thursday, August 31.
Following this, the nearest Barclays branch will be on Uxbridge High Street.
Some residents have taken to social media to brand the decision a “disgrace” and “crazy”, with one stating: “I think it will be a permanent goodbye for many customers. How can you not serve your local community, Barclays?”
Councillor Gareth Williams, Deputy Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, has also launched a petition against the closure, citing concerns over access and the possibility of those driving to the bank in Uxbridge incurring the Ultra Low Emission Zone charge.
A Barclays spokesperson said: “Our customers’ behaviour has changed significantly in recent years, with the majority now choosing online banking.
“This is reflected at the Chalfont St Peter branch and as we adapt, we are finding new ways to support our customers by maintaining our community presence with options for customers who still require in-person support.
“In Chalfont St Peter, we plan to open a Barclays Local – a pop-up cashless banking site where customers can meet a colleague face-to-face for banking support, as they would in a branch and without the need to travel.
“We are currently working with the local community to identify a suitable location and will announce details once confirmed.”
To view the petition, visit www.garethwilliams.org.uk/campaigns/chalfont-st-peter-banking-access-petition
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