Fight continues to save Long Sutton's last bank from closure
A woman who says Long Sutton’s last remaining bank is more than just a bank has set up a petition to save it from closure.
Mina Houssain lives in Fosdyke but travels to Long Sutton regularly to use the TSB, which is set to close next month, leaving the town without a bank.
Mina says that the social interaction provided by the bank, on West Street, is just as important as the financial service.
She said: “It’s so much more than a bank – for many people it’s the only social interaction they get.
“The staff there are so lovely, patient and helpful, everyone has a good natter.
“Many people travel to go there but, like me, they make a day of it.
“I’ll pop to the bank and when I’m able to I’ll do some shopping and go for a coffee. Many people also plan their visit to coincide with market day which is bringing people in and adds to the hustle and bustle of the town.”
TSB has said that there are 52 regular weekly customers which use the branch, with many others opting for online services.
However, Mina says there’s always someone in a queue outside. She said: “I know people say ‘use it or lose it’ but people always use this bank. You never go and just walk in – there’s always someone in front of you.
“Rural life is fantastic but if you can’t get about, you need to have places such as banks nearby.”
Speaking in January, a TSB spokesperson said: “The decision to close our Long Sutton branch was not taken lightly, but our customers are banking differently – with a marked shift to digital banking.
“We are working with the Post Office to ensure our customers can continue to access some banking services. The nearest Post Office is less than a mile away.”
Mina, who will need to travel to Peterborough or Kings Lynn to do her banking without the Long Sutton branch, added: “I am a big supporter of online banking but there are some things you can’t do online, such as paying in cash. TSB always promised that if it came to it and it was the last remaining bank in the town it wouldn’t close.
“Long Sutton is a great town and it doesn’t deserve to lose its only bank.”
South Holland District Councillor Chris Brewis has also encouraged people to write to the bank, with more than 700 people signing petition forms.
To sign the petition, visit www.change.org/p/tsb-bank-keep-long-sutton-tsb-branch-open