MP for Bury South, Christian Wakeford raised the issue of a lack of access to cash in Radcliffe Town Centre. This follows the recent closure of the TSB branch which saw the cash machine also removed. The only cash machine remaining in the heart of the town centre, is based at the local ‘Bargain Booze’ shop.
Many local residents, especially the elderly, still rely on local bank branches to access their money and often still operate in cash. Retail businesses in Radcliffe Town Centre, including the Market have also raised concerns about the reduced footfall, as result of the bank closure and lack of access to a cash machine, and the negative impact this is already having on passing trade within the Town Centre.
Speaking in the House of Commons on 11th March Christian Wakeford MP said: "As we are talking about levelling up and the regeneration of our towns, will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on the importance of banking and cash machines so that we can access cash on our high streets?"
In response the Leader of the House, Jacob Rees Mogg commented: "I know that the presence of bank branches on the high street is a concern for many Members and their constituents. Her Majesty’s Government recognise the importance of cash and access to banks to the daily lives of millions of people throughout the United Kingdom, and particularly those in vulnerable groups."
Christian is now raising the issue of access to cash with the Chief Executive of Bury Council, to ask what steps the Council are taking to tackle this issue to ensure all Radcliffe residents have sufficient access to cash in the town centre.