• Lloyds Bank chief executive urged to retain Ottery’s branch in face of cuts

    28th July 2016 | News | Claire
  • Dear Mr Osorio

    I was dismayed to read the news this morning about your decision to close 200 branches of Lloyds Bank with a loss of 3000 jobs.

    I realise that this must have been a horribly difficult decision to make as it will cause much hardship for your staff and for the communities where branches are closed.

    I felt I must write straightaway however, to implore you not to shut our Lloyds branch here in Ottery St Mary.

    Ottery’s branch is the only bank now left in the town, which has a population (including nearby villages) of around 10,000.  Hundreds of new houses are given planning consent and will be built in the coming months and years.

    I know from talking to local people and traders that they really value your bank and whenever I pass it, it always seems busy.

    The town’s traders unsurprisingly are finding things tough during these difficult times and several businesses have closed in recent times.  If Lloyds closed here it would make things harder for them, as they would need to take a 10 mile round trip to either Sidmouth or Honiton to do their banking, potentially several times a week.

    Ottery also has a large proportion of elderly people, many of whom do not have their own transport. I know that many elderly people living here rely on being able to bank in the town. Closing it would mean a 10 mile round trip on public transport. Fine for a fit person but potentially very hard for someone who is not in the best of health or who is infirm.  Elderly people would be very disadvantaged by such a decision.

    I realise that wherever you close branches people will be upset, but I would urge you to keep Ottery’s branch open for the reasons above.

    Kind regards

    Best wishes

    Mr Osorio’s email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) – please drop him a line urgently if you can, saying how much Lloyds means to you and what it would mean to you if lost!

    Claire Wright
    Independent Devon County Councillor
    Ottery St Mary Rural Ward
    Woodland Trust Tree Champion For Devon
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