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Banking Provision (Higham Ferrers)

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

I wish to present a petition, which is based on the fact that a major town in my constituency is to lose its only surviving bank The petition was organised through the hard work of our excellent councillors in Higham Ferrers—Councillor Anna Sauntson, Councillor Barry Sauntson, Councillor Pam Whiting and County Councillor Derek Lawson.

The petition states:

Higham Ferrers is a fast expanding town and is developing even further as part of the Government’s Milton Keynes and South Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy.

Yet the last bank in the area is proposed to be closed soon, which will be a significant loss of amenity, especially for the vulnerable, disabled and the elderly.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the proposed closure of the bank with a view to either:—1. keeping the existing bank open; or 2. providing alternative banking provision.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.