Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has slammed the planned closure of the TSB Denton Branch.
Earlier this week, Gwynne was informed by TSB representatives that the Denton Branch will close on the 17th of May 2022. The bank has cited a decline in in-person banking exacerbated by the pandemic as part of the reason behind the closure.
It will be one of 70 branches to shut by the end of June, leaving just 220 across the UK. This marks a decline of over 250 in just one year.
The closure of the TSB Branch in Denton will leave the Halifax on Manchester Road as the only bank in Denton Town Centre.
Commenting on the planned closure, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m very disappointed that TSB have taken the decision to close this branch. I understand that the number of customers banking in-person has decreased, but I feel very strongly that the presence of a local bank is important for customers and residents right across the community.
This decision will leave just one bank in Denton Town Centre. We are progressively losing access to in-person banking, and I’m concerned about the effect that this will have on those who don’t have access to online banking, or just prefer to see someone face-to-face.
Banks are important parts of our local high streets, and I would implore TSB to reconsider this short-sighted decision.”