A district councillor is asking for help to find out how many residents and businesses regularly use Barclays in Leyburn.
The facility is due to shut on May 5, leaving Wensleydale without any bank branches following a run of closures in recent years.
Barclays claims the move is being taken as the branch only has 19 regular customers.
But this has been questioned by locals.
Richmondshire District councillor John Amsden is also unconvinced that it only has a small number of regulars.
“I was in there on Friday and asked about that. Someone behind me said ‘there are nine of us in here now and more coming’.”
He said the bank was very much needed by those living in such a rural area.
“There are elderly people who don’t use computers or the internet. They have to use public transport because they don’t drive.
“So they have got to bank locally especially as there is no bus connection to Northallerton after 3pm.
“The internet is very intermittent in parts of the dales which means residents can’t easily use internet banking and some businesses can’t take payments by card. A lot of people still pay in cash.
“There are the village halls and charities who need to pay in cash.”
He also pointed out there were more bank scams now and the scammers often target the elderly.
Cllr Amsden asked those who bank at the Barclays branch in Leyburn and use it regularly to tell him by emailing him at email@example.com
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