Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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270 sign petition to save Barclays branch from closure

Over 270 local residents have signed a petition against the closure of the Zoar Street branch of Barclays in Gornal.

The petition has been launched by local Councillor Dave Branwood after residents were informed that the branch is set to close in October this year.

The closure would leave Gornal without a local bank, with residents having to travel to Sedgley for their nearest branch.

Branwood is planning to present the petition to Barclays to show the strength of local support and is encouraging local businesses and residents to sign up at http://www.ianaustin.co.uk/save_our_bank

Cllr Branwood has recently been successful in securing £75,000 to revamp the bus station in Gornal which will create extra car parking, helping residents, traders and shoppers. He has welcomed news of investment in to the library and has been promoting plans for a new supermarket to bring visitors to the area.

Cllr Dave Branwood said:

“This petition just goes to show how many local people rely on this branch and will find it difficult to travel to another.

“I have been working hard with traders and residents to make sure the village is as good as it can be and I really don’t want to see the bank standing empty.

“We led a successful campaign to save the Post Office on the Straits and I don’t see why the same can’t be done here. Gornal has a bright future so I will be writing to the Chairman of Barclays Bank asking him to think again and I would encourage others do the same.”

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