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There is nothing that an individual councillor or the whole council
together can do if a bank decides to close its branch in your area.
The banks tell us that the closures are customer driven because of
the way that people use their bank these days. Branch services are
either not required or, to be honest, uneconomical.
What the council can do, however, is make it easier for the banks and their customers to use the mobile banking services which are being set up to replace the branches. The council should provide, in every small town, village and populated outlying area, convenient and serviced places for mobile banks and other services to use. Perhaps even a mobile post office partly funded by those banks and building societies which use their counters for transactions.
These places would be near to shops and other utilities, well lit and laid out so as to be convenient to wheelchair users as well as parents with children. A metered supply of mains electricity could be provided much in the same was as for electically powered vehicles. (If the mobile bank itself was electrically powered then so much the better.)
Might I even suggest that such a place would also be convenient for mobile libraries, mobile police offices, mobile council offices or even a mobile MP's advice surgery. We might even see the return of the mobile shop!