I have just sent this email to the South West Area Manager for Lloyds Bank….
Dear Mr Evans
I am writing to express my deep disappointment at the news of the proposed closure of Ottery’s Lloyds Bank branch.
I am also disappointed that you did not write to me personally as the Devon County Councillor for Ottery St Mary, to let me know of the situation.
I am asking you to reconsider your intention to shut the 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 have been given planning consent and continue to 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 would be grateful if we could meet at your earliest convenience, to discuss the issue.
Cllr Claire Wright
Pic: Ottery’s Lloyds branch. The last bank standing in the town.
Ottery St Mary