The closure of the Lloyds Bank in North Harrow has added to the High Street’s problems, says the local MP.
Gareth Thomas MP, for Harrow west, said in a commons debate that the branch was the only one the bank has shut during recent months in London due to a declining number of customers.
The bank has made arrangement with the local Post Office for them to provide some services to Lloyds customers, but the MP fears that the casual users of the branch will not be aware of this, which will further reduce the High Street footfall, which has been suffering since the closure of Safeway’s store there in 2002. A unit which remains empty.
Mr Thomas said that the continuing decline of the High Street would mean shoppers would go to different town or district centres “including, worst of all, neighbouring areas such as Hillingdon, Brent or Hertfordshire”.
Andrew Stunell, parliamentary under-secretary of state for communities and local government, said during the debate in support of Mr Thomas: “I will tell him that I too have been trying to ensure that banks withdrawing from high streets and local centres in my constituency accept their corporate responsibility. Large chains, whether banks or retailers, should show some responsibility by investing in local communities.”
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