Pensioner's anger at government refusal to intervene to save Chatteris Lloyds bank from closing
A Chatteris pensioner who staged a one woman protest to stop a bank closing in the town has been told "it would be inappropriate for the government to intervene".
Mary Green stood outside the Lloyds branch in Market Hill three days a week gathering signatures for over a month earlier this summer before writing to the Prime Minister about her concerns over the proposed closure, which is due to happen in October.
The 89-year-old included a copy of her 500 signature petition and explained the move would be a massive blow for older people, who do not have transport or access to online banking.
The closure will mean the 70 daily and the 469 monthly customers will have to travel to either March or Ely to do their banking.
Mrs Green, who has been an anti-speeding campaigner in Chatteris for many years, had a reply to her letter from the Treasury this week.
But she is unimpressed by what they had to say about the closure, which is part of a nationwide cost-cutting exercise by Lloyds and will see 49 branches go in total.
Signed by a Treasury worker, the letter explains: "As with other banking service providers, Lloyds will need to balance customer interests, market competition and other commercial factors when considering its strategy. "Although we understand your dissatisfaction, decisions on opening and closing branches and agencies are taken by the management team of each bank on a commercial basis.
"We hope you can appreciate that it would therefore be inappropriate for the Government to intervene in these decisions."
Mrs Green said: "Five hundred people in Chatteris said 'no' but it appears the fat cats couldn't care less.
“Chatteris is deteriorating all the time, shops are closing and nobody seems bothered. Closing the bank will be another loss for Chatteris people - it is a very sad state of affairs.”