Opposition is growing to plans to close Middleton’s last remaining bank.
As revealed on South Leeds Life a fortnight ago, Yorkshire Bank’s plans to close its Middleton Circus branch have already drawn a petition with more than 250 signatures from concerned local residents who say they’re unable to get to other branches.
The bank, which has had a branch in Middleton for over 50 years, has stated that a combination of its lease at the property ending and declining use means it will close on June 20.
The campaigners now have the backing of their local MP Hilary Benn, who commented on our original post:
“Thanks for organising this – and happy to offer my full support to the petition. We need to have the bank in Middleton, and we should say with one voice – keep it local!”
The Yorkshire Evening Post have since carried a story on the petition, with Cllr Kim Groves adding her support to the campaign.
A Yorkshire Bank spokeswoman told the YEP : “We’ve advised customers of the alternatives available to them including the three branches which are within a three mile radius of Middleton.”
A recent meeting of the Middleton Life Local history project at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre saw members also voice concerns about the closure, refuting the bank’s assertions about declining use and calling for a vital local facility to be kept open. One member said:
“There’s always a queue when I go there. A hole in the wall isn’t a bank – you can’t pay bills there and I’m worried about whether it’s safe. If you’re older you can’t be catching a bus to Hunslet or Morley if you have a scooter. We’ve had a bank here fir decades – it’s a community service.”
South Leeds Life’s Jeremy Morton recently wrote about banks closures in Middleton and Hunslet.