Barclays have today announced the closure of its Richmond branch — the last remaining bank in Richmondshire.
The branch will shut on December 4 next year.
A Barclays spokesperson said: “Back when we opened this branch, visiting us in person was one of the only ways to do your banking. Now, as there are lots of ways to manage your money without even leaving your home, we’re seeing many customers choosing to bank using our app, and online or telephone banking.
“This has had a big impact on the number of customers coming in to see us.
“When deciding whether to close this branch, we looked carefully at how it’s been used and how customers are banking in other ways.”
The announcement comes closures of HSBC, NatWest, Lloyds and Yorkshire Bank branches in the town.
Barclays and HSBC have also shut their branches in Leyburn and Hawes in recent years.
North Yorkshire Council’s Richmond councillor Stuart Parsons said he was “disgusted by” the announcement.
“It’s all about profit. They pushed people onto online banking and then surprise surprise there’s no more branches.
“What do you expect from big business. They don’t deserve loyal customers.”
The councillor said they had received a day’s notice about the planned closure and there was no consultation, leaving the local community with no chance of overturning the decision.
“They’ve not left us with any time to do anything about it,” he added.