Community banking help for Lloyds customers in Buckingham

Customers of Lloyds Bank, which closed last week in Buckingham, will now be able to get help from a bank representative one day a week at Buckingham Library.
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Lloyds was the last high street bank left in Buckingham, and the town is now set to be one of the first in the UK to get a new-style Banking Hub.

Following concern about what residents would do in the period between the closure of the last bank branch and the opening of the Banking Hub, Buckingham Councillor Warren Whyte has posted the following news on Facebook: “I am pleased to advise that Lloyds have confirmed today that they will be having a weekly community banker visit Buckingham Library starting next week, Thursday 29 September 9.30am - 3pm.”

And he added: “Lloyds will be publicising details of what services the community banker can assist with very soon. Look out for their leaflets and posters at the library.”

Lloyds Bank has now closed in BuckinghamLloyds Bank has now closed in Buckingham
Lloyds Bank has now closed in Buckingham

Banking Hubs provide basic banking services including counter services run by the major banks and the Post Office, and dedicated rooms where customers can see community bankers from their own bank.

The Banking Hub project is being rolled out by LINK, the UK’s cash access and ATM network, to ensure free access to cash is maintained where customers need it.

A public consultation was held this summer to establish what services Buckingham people would require from a Banking Hub.

Talks are under way over a lease on a suitable location for the Banking Hub in Buckingham but the location has yet to be confirmed.

Cllr Whyte told the Bucks Herald: “I am pleased to hear that Lloyds will be providing a community banker every Thursday in the library but we know that this will not be a replacement for the branch in any way.

"We continue to work hard with UK Finance to bring the Banking Hub to Buckingham.

"The Buckingham and Villages Community Board working group I chair had a positive update last week and pleased to hear that the recent public survey is helping to inform the range of banking services that the hub will offer."