Liberal Democrat councillors are fighting to keep Barclays Bank services in Seaford.
Councillor Carolyn Lambert explains: “I have contacted Barclays Bank to point out that Seaford is not only the largest town in Lewes District but that it has a high population of older people not all of whom are connected to the internet or who are comfortable with online banking services. They value face to face contact with their bank. This group of residents are also particularly vulnerable to scams which makes it even more important that they can access bank services directly.
"I am also very concerned about this large scale building in the town centre being left empty.”
Councillor Stephen Gauntlett adds: “Local organisations such as the church use banking services provided by Barclays. It is not appropriate to ask volunteers to carry sums of cash. As we discovered during the vaccine rollout, many residents simply cannot afford to travel to Eastbourne or Brighton to access banking facilities.”
Both councillors welcomed Barclays response to their concerns and hope that a forthcoming meeting they are having with bank staff will prove productive.