CUSTOMERS have been told the last bank in their village is to be closed.
Lloyds has written to shops and individuals telling them the Hambledon Road bank in Denmead will shut its doors for good in April 2016.
Where is the bank’s social conscience?Neil Lander-Brinkley
It comes after many people switched accounts to Lloyds when NatWest closed in 2010.
And it’s hot on the heels of bank closures in Hayling, Leigh Park and Fareham and Gosport and Eastney in Portsmouth.
In a statement a spokesman for the bank said counters are 12 per cent quieter than a year ago and only nine customers use it on a weekly basis.
But Denmead Parish Council has vowed to try and reverse the decision.
Tony Daniells, from the council, said it is writing to the bank’s chief executive.
He added: ‘We are very, very disappointed.
‘Denmead has a growing population and we think the bank is sustainable.
‘You can do banking at the Co-op Post Office but it doesn’t provide the same level of service.
‘Why didn’t they listen to customers after NatWest closed? They have put commercial interests first.’
Candy Camilleri, from Denmead Garage Services, said: ‘It’s such a shame. The nearest one is Waterlooville now.
‘We are losing yet another facility in the village.’
And Councillor Neil Lander-Brinkley said: ‘What happened to the promise to keep at least one in every community?
‘They are even taking away the ATM leaving the one at the Co-op, which is not reliable.
‘On Friday and Monday morning there are businesses queuing out the door. Now they will have to travel a long way into Waterlooville with large amounts of money.
‘Where is the bank’s social conscience?’
In a statement, Lloyds said more customers are using internet and telephone banking services.
It added: ‘We have made the difficult decision to close our branch in Denmead in April 2016 because of the changing way customers undertake their banking, which has resulted in declining customer usage.
‘We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.’
Denmead and Lee-on-the-Solent, Leigh Park and Eastney will be left without a bank. Emsworth, Portchester, have just one bank each.