Mustard video: Fear and anger as campaigners fight plans to close Barclays Bank branch in Colman Road, Norwich

Roy Blower (left) and Chris Elderton (both Labour Party members) with petition to save Barclays, Colman Road. Photo: Supplied Roy Blower (left) and Chris Elderton (both Labour Party members) with petition to save Barclays, Colman Road. Photo: Supplied

Thursday, December 19, 2013
8:00 AM

Businesses have said they fear for their future after Barclays announced it would close the only bank branch in their parade of shops.

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The banking giant said its branch in Bunnett Square on Colman Road in Earlham would close its doors for the last time on January 10 next year, and advised customers to use its Eaton branch, two miles away.

Bipin Gurjar, who owns Colman News next door, said: “It will definitely affect business around here. We see some strangers coming in just because of the bank and older people come here just because of the bank.”

Linda Seamons, retail manager of the Break charity shop opposite the bank, said: “I think everyone will feel the pinch once the bank has gone, I’m sure of that. It’s so sad because we are a nice, tight-knit little community here, and one of our neighbours is going away.”

Labour Party activists have launched a petition urging Barclays to change its mind.

Roy Blower, a former lord mayor, said he has had a personal account at the branch for 37 years, and his roofing business had used the branch for 25 years.

He said the closure would particularly hit elderly people, and mothers with young children.

He added: “They are a community bank. Banks have got a bad name at this time, and I think they should give something back to the community. If you look at the number of people going to the bank, it’s not as if it’s under used.”

A spokesman for Barclays said: “The decision to close Colman Road, Norwich branch has not been taken lightly and we appreciate that it will cause some inconvenience. We will work hard to minimise the impact on customers and will help them with the change to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

“One alternative to the branch is the arrangement we have in place in which personal customers are able to pay in and take out cash, free of charge at the local Post Office in Colman Road, Norwich.”

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7 comments

  • They will close the branch regardless as they closed all the others about 20 years ago, and if Labour and the unions stick there noses in it will just speed up the process. Branches will be a thing of the past with ATM's and internet banking

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Quite how the labour party or the unions getting involved will speed up the closure of the bank is quite beyond me.Some people chose the strangest forums to union bash especialy given that it is these very people fighting to keep the bank open.Would it it be ok if the tories were fighting to keep the bank open or ukip.I am afraid that your attitude is very ignorant sweet cheeks.

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    terminator

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Good luck with your petition. When I lived in South London we were in the same situation where all the local branches of a number of banks had closed and Barclays was the only one left. When they threatened to close it we had a petition and got our MP involved. There were no other banks within the area and it would have caused problems for many local businesses as well as the general public, and eventually they agreed to keep it open albeit only as a satellite branch to another branch. They have honoured the commitment now for over 12 years and I hear that they are now revamping the branch with extra cashier positions, so it must have proven advantageous for them. Keep up the pressure and put forward a good argument and good luck with your campaign.

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    John Redfern

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • How can individualsunions quibble with less and less people using the bank branches. Simple as... more people using the internet and less shopping on the high street in general. I didn't see them campaigning to keep butchersbakersgreengrocersfishmongers open!!. Banks are a business like any other - if we support their branches they are profitable and kept open. If not... strangely they close. It's in our own hands.

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    walkerman1009

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Like Barclays are losing money Ha Ha are they going to make the Eaton Branch bigger with only 2 tellerscounters somehow l dont think so, anyway its a nightmare to use with just a tiny car at the rear and you have got all the Waitrose customers and all the well heeled Residents of Eaton queing in there as well during the day, brilliant answer Barclays like you care? all power to to Roy Blower (have known him over 50 years off and on) a Good Man!!

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    CHRIS GORDON

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Attitude is attitude - it's neither insightful or ignorant terminator. However Barclays is not in business to act as a 'social service' , it makes commercial decisions in order to best run its own affairs.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • You're fearing again EDP ! If a business is gonna close because of a bank closing,means its in a pretty poor state in the first place

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    billythebookie

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

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