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Action taken to save Barclays branch from closure

Councillor David Branwood is launching a campaign against the closure of the Zoar Street branch of Barclays in Gornal after being told it is due to close in October this year.

Cllr Branwood is writing to John McFarlane, the Chairman of Barclays Bank, to ask him to save the branch and is encouraging local businesses and residents to do the same.

The Councillor has also launched a petition for local people that are opposed to the closure at http://www.ianaustin.co.uk/save_our_bank

The branch is due to be closed on Friday 9th October 2015, leaving residents having to travel to Sedgley for their nearest branch.

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:

“Gornal is a thriving village and is always busy with local people using the shops. 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.

“Alongside Ian Austin MP 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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