Barclays branch in Desborough to close in October

Barclays is closing its Desborough branch
Barclays is closing its Desborough branch

Barclays has announced that it will be closing its bank in Desborough later this year.

The company has said that its branch in Station Road will close its doors to customers on October 30.

One of the reasons given for the closure is that the number of people using the Desborough branch has fallen by nearly half since 2008.

Barclays community leader for Northamptonshire, Mia Cooper, said: “The way customers undertake their banking is changing as people increasingly use online, telephone and mobile devices.

“We must therefore evolve the shape and size of our branch network in response to changing customer behaviour.

“At Barclays Desborough branch, customer usage has declined by 49 per cent since 2008 and half of our personal customers regularly use alternative branches, which is why we have taken the difficult decision to close the branch on October 30 2015.

“Our colleagues at the Barclays Desborough branch have been consulted about the change and will be given the opportunity to work at a nearby branch.

“We hope that the availability of nearby branches, access to services at the local Post Office and our range of digital channels will help to ease the transition for our customers.”

She said information will be going out to customers about the planned closure, and added: “We do not take the decision to close any branch lightly and we are committed to adhering to the new UK Government protocol on branch closures.

“All of our customers will receive a letter, posters will be displayed in branch and colleagues will be on hand to assist customers with any concerns they may have.

“We will be proactively engaging with local businesses and the wider community to discuss the alternative ways customers will be able to undertake their banking locally, before the branch closes on October 30 2015.”