“I’m hugely disappointed that Holyhead faces yet another blow” – Rhun ap Iorwerth MS on Lloyds Bank Holyhead branch closure announcement

Responding to the announcement that Lloyds Bank intend to close their Holyhead branch on 23rd January 2023, Rhun ap Iorwerth, Member of the Senedd for Ynys Môn said:


“I’m hugely disappointed that Holyhead faces yet another blow with another bank closure. We’ve seen too many banks turn their backs on Anglesey over the years.


“I will be arranging to meet with Lloyds to discuss further, and to emphasise the strength of feeling following this announcement – surely there are more innovative ways of ensuring that banks remain open in our communities. I’ve called on them to work together in the past to bring their services under one roof, for example. Having face to face banking interaction is crucial for many.


“We’re told that a community banker will be visiting the area for ‘a short period of time after the branch closes’ to offer support and guidance. But my question is why will this service only be available for a short period of time? I’m afraid it’s not much of a consolation.


“It’s a matter that I’ve raised time and time again, big banks are simply turning their backs on rural communities such as Ynys Môn. We cannot rely on them, and I’m very supportive of the work being done to develop a new Banc Cambria initiative.”