West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was delighted to hear from the Centre Manager at the Concourse that they are in negotiations with a provider of ATMs to install two new cash machines within the shopping centre.
Skelmersdale has been hit hard by the significant reduction of high street banking, as over the past year two major banks, TSB and Barclays, have closed their Concourse branches. Residents have been increasingly concerned about being unable to access their cash, with people experiencing long queues at the only remaining ATMs at the Halifax branch.
Rosie had contacted the Centre Manager to share these concerns and ask what they are doing to improve access to banking services within the Concourse.
Welcoming the Centre Manager’s response, Rosie said:
“Whilst residents will be glad to hear that the Concourse are taking steps to improve access to cash, it is very sad that these cash machines are having to replace actual bank branches.
“The short sighted and selfish decision by Barclays and TSB to close their branches has left many across Skelmersdale without access to physical banking.
“The introduction of two more cash machines will be a benefit to the Concourse and its customers but is no replacement for a physical bank branch.”
“More good news from the Concourse is that they have now reinstated the mall seating in both the upper and lower malls, after removing it because of the Covid pandemic.”