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‘Save our bank!’ Calls for closure rethink

Barclays’ Highbury Corner branch is believed to date back to 1916

19 March, 2021 — By Calum Fraser

THE Town Hall leader has called on Barclays to reverse its decision to close a bank branch in Highbury that dates back to the First World War.

Barclays announced this week that it will shut its branch at Highbury Corner.

Council leader Richard Watts described the decision as “very disappointing”, adding: “Barclays are removing a community asset and I hope they reconsider.”

It is understood that Barclays have had a branch on the site since 1916. Its last day of business is set to be June 10.

Council worker Andrew Barry, who has banked there since 1995, said: “It’s busy – there’s always a queue if you go there at lunchtime. It will be sad to see it go.”

A Barclays spokesman said: “Customers are increasingly using alternatives to branches to do their banking. As a result, we are seeing a sustained fall in branch visits across the UK.

“This is reflected at the Highbury branch where there has been an 18 per cent reduction in cash counter transactions in the two years to March 2020.”

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