Cllr Keith Holloway has issued a letter, updating residents on Gatley Barclays following his campaign against its closure:
A few months ago I heard out of the blue that Barclays planned to close their Gatley branch – the last bank in the village – along with the cash machine.
I spoke to residents and traders, hearing your stories as to how the bank closing would cause real problems. Elderly people told me how difficult it would be to get into Cheadle. Traders told me that they would have no way of paying in cash in the village.
We fought the closure. More than a thousand people signed our petition – and a huge thank you to everyone who helped collect those signatures. We got coverage on the local radio and papers.
I knew we were up against it, but I hoped we could persuade Barclays to listen to reason and to think about the communities they claim to care about, not just their profits.
Unfortunately, that was not the case. Along with a representative from Gatley Village Partnership, I met with Barclays, and it was clear that they were not going to budge, no matter how good our case was.
Just a few days ago, Barclays announced their pre-tax profit was up to £3.1 billion for the six months to June – a 25% increase. If their profit is up again next time, it will be in small part because places like Gatley no longer have a bank.
Thank you again to everyone who signed our petition, got others to sign it, helped with our publicity, came to meetings and supported the cause. We put up a fight and we did everything we could, but in the end it’s clear that Barclays put profit before people.
The branch and cash machine will close on August 21st. We don’t yet know what will replace it, but we will keep you informed as we find out more.