Richmondshire District Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock, is confident that despite the proposed loss of Barclays Bank in Hawes, local banking services will still be provided within the town.
Following discussions with Barclays, she said it was agreed that the ATM cash machine would remain at its current location and would not be removed when the branch closes.
In addition, it is understood that discussions will take place to establish whether additional cash withdrawal and deposit services can be delivered from the local Hawes Post Office.
‘Tea and teach’ sessions will be delivered by Barclays in the run up to the closure in July which will help inform local personal and business customers of the alternatives to banking within the branch and assistance will be given in demonstrating how post office and online banking services will work.
Cllr Peacock said: “Whilst it is sad to be losing the Barclays branch in Hawes I am confident that by retaining the ATM cash machine and the involvement of the Post Office we can retain the essential banking services for residents, businesses and visitors to the Upper Dales.
“By engaging with Barclays as early as possible I believe that we have secured a positive outcome for the town and I am sure that by working with partners such as the Upper Dales Community Partnership and the Yorkshire Dales National Park we can ensure that local residents and local businesses do not lose out.”