Theale councillor campaigns against closure of last bank in village

February 15, 2016 11:45 PM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

Lloyds Bank has announced its intention to close its branch in Theale, West Berkshire. This is the last bank branch in the village as Barclays and Nat West closed their branches some years ago. Alan Macro, Councillor for Theale on West Berkshire Council, said "this closure would cause hardship for both local businesses and residents. Local businesses would no longer be able to deposit cash at the bank. Closure would particularly affect pensioners and those without cars as the nearest Lloyds branch (in Tilehurst) is very difficult to reach by public transport. It is also extremely likely that West Berkshire Council will soon withdraw their support for the few buses between Theale and Tilehurst. As well as closing the branch, Lloyds are also proposing to remove their cash machines. I am therefore raising a petition asking Lloyds to reverse their closure decision and keep the branch open."

People can sign the online version of the petition at


Notes for Editors

Lloyds Bank announced last week that they intend to close their Theale branch on 8th June.

Over 210 signatures were collected on the paper and online versions of the petition in its first two days

For further information, please contact Councillor Alan Macro, Councillor for Theale, West Berkshire Council Tel: 0794 382 5349 Email: