James Berry MP has written to the Chief Executive, of Lloyds Banking Group, Antonio Horta-Osorio to urge him to keep their branch on North Parade Chessington open, following the announcement that it would be part of Lloyds Bank’s 49 branch closure programme later this year.
After hearing the news that the North Parade Branch would be closed, leaving the whole of the Borough south of the A3 without a single bank, James launched a petition against Lloyds’ decision, which 122 residents signed.
In his letter to Mr Horta-Osorio, James stressed the need for a bank in Chessington that for many older residents, making the long journey to Lloyds in Surbiton would be very inconvenient.
Although the likelihood of Lloyds Banking Group reversing its decision is slim, James is committed to doing all he can to keep the branch open or at least ensuring that Lloyds put in place measures to minimise disruption to customers. He will keep residents up to date with his progress in this campaign.
Commenting, Mr James Berry MP said:
“I understand that footfall in bank branches across the UK is falling as more customers do their banking online, but it is still important that there is at least one back branch in the shopping parades of large communities like Chessington, Hook and Malden Rushett.
“It is clear that there is a great deal of support for Lloyds’ North Parade branch to stay open, and I would like to thank all of those who signed my petition. I hope that all this support serves to demonstrate how important of a local asset the bank is, and I call on Lloyds to take onboard their special responsibility to stay open as the last bank south of the A3 in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.”