Clare bank to open just two days a week

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Despite plans to reduce opening hours of a town bank, a councillor has expressed his relief that the service is being continued.

From July, Lloyds bank in Clare will only open on Mondays and Fridays, with a district councillor claiming the outcome could have been much worse.

“People in Clare, especially business owners, are likely to be disappointed at the change of opening times,” said Babergh district councillor James Cartlidge, who also runs his own affordable housing business.

“I hope, however, that they share my relief that at least the branch is not closing.

“The fact is that Lloyds currently has a closure program and Clare is not on that list, where other villages are, and the same staff will be covering the branch, maintaining continuity.”

A spokesman for the bank said: “We are making changes to the opening hours in our Clare branch.

“These changes have been made to more closely reflect the usage of the branch and the needs of our customers in the area.”

From July 1, the branch will open from 10am to 2.30pm on Mondays and Fridays.

She added that the way in which customers do their banking had significantly changed, with fewer customers going into branches for simple transactions.

“In Clare, we have seen decreasing transactions and a very low footfall and customer base, with many customers already using our Sudbury branch,” she said.

“We have retained the busiest days.”