Residents in Needham Market are celebrating the installation of the town’s new cash point – weeks after its only bank was closed for good.
Following Barclay’s announcement that it was shutting its High Street branch, district councillors Wendy Marchant and Mike Norris delivered a petition signed by 2,380 residents to the banking giant’s headquarters in London.
But the firm stood by its decision, leaving the town without a bank or an external cash machine.
So Wendy and Mike and Neighbourhood Watch vice-chairman Pat Carter contacted local businesses to see if they had space for an ATM.
Wendy said although Mid Suffolk District Council said it could accommodate a cash point, it was beaten to the chase by the East of England Co-op on King William Street.
The new cash machine is up and running as of today.
“It is great news for the town,” said Wendy.
“When Barclays closed it wasn’t just the only bank, but the only external bank machine, too.”
Cllr Norris said he was pleased the town had a 24- hour cash point again.
“I still do not understand Barclay’s decision at all – it was very short-sighted.
“We are very grateful of the East of England Co-op for allowing this ATM to be installed here.”
Sue Farrell, area manager for the East of England Co-op, said: “As an independent retailer that’s been a part of Needham Market’s community for decades, I’m delighted that we have been able to step in swiftly to restore a much needed banking facility to the town.
“Located at our King William Street store, our cash machine will be up and running from Friday, September 26, providing free, 24/7 cash services for our customers, the wider community and visitors to the town.”