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  • MP BRIEFED ON BANK CLOSURE, NEW SCHOOL PLANS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE IN BOVEY

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride caught up with Bovey Town Clerk Mark Wells on Friday to discuss the decision by Lloyds Bank to close their branch in the town later this year. Mr Stride had received correspondence from Bovey Town Councillor Martyn Evans, heavily criticising the decision by Lloyds not to renew their lease when it expires in October. Cllr Evans said:

    “Losing Lloyds is a real kick in the teeth for the businesses and personal customers who rely on it. I understand the arguments about decreased footfall but Bovey has nearly twice the proportion of over-65s as the UK average and this demographic is less likely to instantly be able to convert to internet or mobile banking. Also of concern is the loss of what is probably our busiest and most convenient cash point, given we want visitors to Bovey to find it as easy as possible to take money out to spend in our local shops.”

    Mr Stride added:

    “The decision by Lloyds to close their Bovey branch is deeply disappointing. I have offered to arrange a meeting with Ashburton’s Post Office to discuss how best to encourage the provision and promotion of banking services through the post office counters in Bovey, Brimley and Heathfield. I am also grateful to Mark for updating me on the recent planning consent that has been obtained for the new community centre and for discussing the potential need for a new primary school in Bovey given the increase in school age children in the town that has come with recent housing developments.”







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