Open letter to Barclays Bank: Retain banking services in Porthmadog

Add your name to this open letter to Barclays Bank:


We the undersigned are disappointed with Barclays’ recent announcement to close the local bank branch in Porthmadog, Gwynedd.

We don’t agree with Barclays’ advice that all customers should move to online banking because not everybody has access to a reliable internet connection, particularly in rural areas like parts of Dwyfor Meirionnydd where reliable digital connectivity is a problem. Many older people are also reluctant to use the internet for any financial matters.

As our communities recover from the effects of COVID, face-to-face services should be retained in order to support vulnerable people in vulnerable communities. Brining banking services to an end in Porthmadog will have an adverse and far-reaching impact on charities and community groups in the area who often rely on cash.

According to the Financial Conduct Authority, people in Wales are most likely to have to travel large distances to get to a bank branch: 7.5% of residents face journeys of more than 16km.

We call on Barclays Bank to support local residents and businesses in Porthmadog by retaining banking services in the town. We sincerely hope Barclays will reconsider this devastating blow to Porthmadog.

Yours sincerely,


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Who's signing

Alaw Hughes
Jill Williams
Sue Davis
Suzanne Robertson
Graham Hargreaves
Sioned Williams
Angharad williams
Stuart Hession
Richard Jones
Buddug Hewlett
Gavin Bantock
Phil Rees
Allen Lambert
Heulwen Williams
Edward Williams
Blue Rogerson
Steffan Warren
Alwena Evans
Gareth Williams
Kathryn Meadows
Pete Blakemore
Bethan Jones Parry
Angela Roberts
Esme watson
Meryl Davies
Ceri Collins
Sian Jones
Tom Gough
Clair Dolby
June Jones
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  • Alaw Hughes
    signed 2022-06-02 21:24:55 +0100
    I am still with Barclays, and now I’ll have to travel an hour up or down to just access my bank if I want to change my card or hand in checks? Ridiculous.
  • Jill Williams
    signed 2022-03-10 14:08:19 +0000
    Disgusting service from Barclays after over 40 years of banking with them. I do not want an online account!! I am currently looking to change banks as you and your overpaid execs do not deserve my money.
  • Sue Davis
    signed 2021-12-07 21:57:14 +0000
    The Porthmadog branch is essential to the community and the high street and should remain
  • Suzanne Robertson
    signed 2021-12-06 00:03:57 +0000
    We need to keep bank branches open. Not everyone can manage online or app banking. If both Porthmadog & Caerarfon close, there will be no face to face banking anywhere near!
  • Graham Hargreaves
    signed 2021-12-03 17:14:50 +0000
    My country is WALES, not Untied Kingdom.
  • Sioned Williams
    signed 2021-12-02 23:15:41 +0000
  • Angharad williams
    signed 2021-12-02 20:13:25 +0000
  • Stuart Hession
    signed 2021-12-02 07:27:13 +0000
  • Richard Jones
    signed 2021-12-01 18:04:17 +0000
  • Buddug Hewlett
    signed 2021-12-01 15:48:44 +0000
  • Gavin Bantock
    signed 2021-12-01 14:22:50 +0000
    I have items kept in storage by you, and I live in Japan. I need you to keep those items in storage, for which I am paying an ongoing fee.
  • Phil Rees
    signed 2021-12-01 14:12:18 +0000
  • Allen Lambert
    signed 2021-12-01 12:18:24 +0000
  • Heulwen Williams
    signed 2021-12-01 07:41:25 +0000
  • Edward Williams
    signed 2021-12-01 07:38:05 +0000
  • Blue Rogerson
    signed 2021-11-30 23:11:26 +0000
  • Steffan Warren
    signed 2021-11-30 21:35:56 +0000
  • Alwena Evans
    signed 2021-11-30 21:12:25 +0000
  • Gareth Williams
    signed 2021-11-30 20:18:45 +0000
    Time to look for a new bank then.
  • Kathryn Meadows
    signed 2021-11-30 16:50:34 +0000
    Old People like me rely on this Bank facility, as Barclays has already closed our Barmouth Bank Branch, and I don’t do Internet Banking!!
  • Pete Blakemore
    signed 2021-11-30 15:27:17 +0000
    Close the branch and my account goes elsewhere
  • Bethan Jones Parry
    signed 2021-11-30 15:06:44 +0000
  • Angela Roberts
    signed via 2021-11-30 14:20:55 +0000
  • Esme watson
    signed 2021-11-30 13:03:24 +0000
    I am a co-owner of a local business that employs 65 people. Our business Aspire Park and leisure Homes Ltd have held a business account with Barclays since April 2017. Aspire opened our account with Barclays for a number of reasons, one of them being that there was a branch locally within the town. We as a business have used the branch consistently.
  • Meryl Davies
    signed 2021-11-30 13:01:33 +0000
  • Ceri Collins
    signed 2021-11-30 12:01:06 +0000
  • Sian Jones
    signed 2021-11-30 11:11:51 +0000
  • Tom Gough
    signed 2021-11-30 10:46:23 +0000
  • Clair Dolby
    signed 2021-11-30 09:17:02 +0000
  • June Jones
    signed 2021-11-30 08:56:45 +0000

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