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Petition launched to save Barclays branch in Tonypandy

An on-line petition has been launched in an attempt to save the Barclays Bank branch in Tonypandy which is due to close, along with the Ferndale branch.

Local resident Rob Jones who started the petition said ‘this campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding’. You’ll find the petition at:

And reacting to the news Rhondda AM Leanne Wood said:

“This is part of a worrying trend we have seen elsewhere in the Rhondda. Past experience has shown us that when the last bank pulls out of town centres, it leads to a decline in footfall.

“Even though more people use on-line banking services, many people still depend on having a bank close to hand. This is especially the case for businesses.

“Even though they are only open three days a week at the moment, when Barclays close in Ferndale it will mean that there will then be no bank left in the Rhondda Fach and residents will have to travel down to Pontypridd or over to Treorci.

And moves to regenerate Tonypandy – which has struggled in recent years – will be undermined by this development.”

Leanne added: “Plaid Cymru is leading the call to create a new bank in Wales for the people of Wales, one that will open banking locations back in communities that have lost their ‘High Street’ banks”.