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August 31, 2016 9:19 AM
Cllr John Nutley outside Lloyds Bank

Cllr Nutley outside Lloyds Bank

Lib Dem Councillor John Nutley leads fight against closure of the last bank in town.

Ashburton mayor Councillor John Nutley has joined local residents in taking issue with the decision of Lloyds bank to close their Ashburton Branch.

Cllr. Nutley has expressed dismay at the decision saying: "Lloyds has given no consideration for the businesses, the community and the elderly people who live in the town and use the bank and how this will affect them.

Ashburton is the largest town in the Dartmoor National Park and with all due respect to South Brent, which has kept it's bank, it has not got the same population as Ashburton."

Councillor Nutley has written to Lloyds asking for an open meeting to explain reasons for the closure.

"For many people a switch to online banking is not feasible as they don't have internet access." Cllr Nutley conceded that there is not much chance of Lloyds changing their decision but pointed out that Lloyds had promised not to shut the Ashburton branch when the Nat West Branch closed last year.

The closure means that despite an expanding population Ashburton will be left with just two ATM machines and the nearest banks will be 5 miles away in Newton Abbot.