PENSIONERS in Pontarddulais were the first to see the brand new mobile bank which Lloyds Bank is bringing to the area once their branch in the town has closed.
Gower MP Byron Davies held a further meeting with bank chiefs in London about the closure but was unable to budge them. However, they promised to make the Bont the first port of call for the new state-of-the-art mobile branch which only arrived last week. And they were as good as their word.
Mr Davies said: “They only took possession of the vehicle the day before but they brought it along to the Pensioners’ Fair I organised at Pontarddulais Scout hall. It was parked outside and people were able to see for themselves what facilities it offers. There were also bank staff inside the fair that people could speak to about their own personal circumstances.”
The fair was attended by a large number of local people during the morning and advice was on hand from a host of organisations including police, fire service, trading standards, Stroke Association, Alzheimer’s Society, Citizens Advice Bureau and many others.
David Alford, local director for West Wales for Lloyds Bank, said that the mobile branch would be visiting Pontarddulais from next week, starting February 22. The branch closes on March 9. The mobile bank will be serving several communities in west Wales but will be in the Bont on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for between two and four hours. Timings have yet to be confirmed.
Mr Davies said: “While I am very disappointed that Lloyds are persisting with their plans to close the branch, I have to give them some credit for bringing in this mobile service. Other banks which have closed have done nothing – they have just walked away.
“At least, Lloyds are not leaving the community high and dry. Customers will have access to banking services on three days a week. We have to hope that at some time in the future, no attempts are made to reduce these hours."