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Account closure threats
Many of those who have signed the petition opposing the closure of the Lloyds TSB bank in Brookmans Park say they will close their accounts with the company if the branch goes.
A petition in the Brookmans Park Newsagents is now almost 800 signatures strong, although it appears the campaign, which began on January 10, is slowing down and might be approaching its maximum.
It has been signed by customers of the bank and concerned local residents who are worried about how the closure with affect the community.
Newsagent Mayur Patel says many who signed it said they would not be using the Lloyds TSB bank in Potters Bar, where most of the Brookmans Park accounts are held, but are likely to take their money elsewhere.
Such a threat is unlikely to mean much to Lloyds TSB who have made it clear that the closure of the branch is a commercial decision based on usage.
The company says the branch has a low 'footfall' (the number of customers going through the door) and is unlikely to get a reprieve.
However a customer has written to this site after speaking to the local branch manager, David Brett, saying that he is keen people stick with the Lloyds TSB.
The note, in the 'Have Your Say' section, also suggests the cash machine is likely to go when the bank's doors close for the last time on Friday April 14.
Your life. Your community
Lloyds TSB is currently running a three quarter page advert in the national press promoting the bank's 'Foundations' which it says gave £26m to local communities last year, 'providing support that would otherwise be missing'.
The slogan for the campaign is. 'Lloyds TSB, Your life. Your community'.
It has already been suggested by local shopkeepers who rely on the Lloyds TSB branch that the closure is a threat to the community.
The closure is being covered by the local press, however because of publication schedules, the Wednesday January 19 edition of the Welwyn Hatfield Times still has the petition total at 300 - almost 500 short of the actual numbers at the time the paper reached the village.
Have your say
Are you concerned about the Bank's closure? What will you do now? Have Your Say
January 19, 2000