A decision to close the Ellesmere Port branch of the Yorkshire Bank without consultation has been met with anger from local MP, Justin Madders.
The bank informed him of their decision in an email and confirmed that the new branch for local customers will be Birkenhead, over 12 miles away from the current branch. He is calling on the bank to pause the planned closure until a full consultation has been undertaken with personal and business customers.
While an Impact Assessment has been published on the Yorkshire Bank website, but Madders described the document as being “lacking in detail, inaccurate and frankly a complete waste of time.”
He gives the example of one part of the report which states that “there is no main high street in the town, and no main brand high street stores.” The branch is in fact located on Ellesmere Port high street, on the same row as a number of high street brands.
Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:
“This decision is a kick in the teeth to the many loyal customers, who the bank did not even bother to consult before arriving at this decision. Some people locally have used the bank for many years – surely they deserve better than this.
“However, from the Impact Assessment, it doesn’t look like the person making this decision has even been to Ellesmere Port.
“The planned closure will impact most on elderly and vulnerable residents, who will now have to either change their bank or travel over 12 miles to Birkenhead. The report from the bank said that the branch and Birkenhead along with two others were within 20 miles so were reasonable alternatives for customers. The other two are in Widnes and Warrington; they clearly have no idea how long it would take to get to these places on public transport.
“Once again we have seen a bank callously disrespecting its customers with a mockery of an assessment. We desperately need much more support for our town centres and for the big banks to show a bit more care for the communities they are meant to serve”
A decision to close the Ellesmere Port branch of the Yorkshire Bank without consultation has been met with anger from local MP, Justin Madders. The bank informed him of their...
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, attended a recent Parliamentary reception to support Fibromyalgia Awareness UK and the Fibromyalgia petition team in their quest for better help and support for those with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, fatigue, muscle stiffness, difficulty sleeping, mental process problems, headaches and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as well as many other problems.
“It is thought that as many as 1 in every 25 people may suffer from Fibromyalgia.
“I am pleased to offer my support to the fibromyalgia petition which has been set up because many fibromyalgia sufferers have difficulty getting their condition diagnosed. I want to support the push for more funding to improve diagnosis and treatment and to raise awareness of this and other ‘invisible illnesses’ for medical professionals, families, friends, carers and the wider community, especially as diagnosis can be extremely difficult to achieve.
“The petition can be found at https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-make-fibromyalgia-a-disability.
“There is also a fibromyalgia support group that meets once a month at Little Sutton community centre which is an extremely useful opportunity for those with the condition to speak to others who are going through the same issues as they are”.
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, attended a recent Parliamentary reception to support Fibromyalgia Awareness UK and the Fibromyalgia petition team in their quest for better help and...
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has signed a pledge to #PassOnPlastic with Sky Ocean Rescue – a commitment to reduce single-use plastic consumption.
Launched in January 2017, Sky Ocean Rescue aims to highlight the issues of ocean health, particularly single-use plastic, and inspire people to make small changes.
“Sky have been working hard to raise awareness of ocean health and I am delighted to join their campaign and look at ways to reduce my own plastic consumption.
“It is deeply worrying that there are 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans, with 8 million tonnes more ending up there every year. We all have a role to play in protecting our oceans – that’s why I have signed my pledge to #PassOnPlastic and encourage others to do the same.
“Seeing the Sky Ocean Rescue’s whale, Plasticus, which is made up of a quarter of a ton of plastic – the amount that enters our oceans every second – really brought the scale of the problem home to me.
“You can find out more about Sky Ocean Rescue on social media @SkyOceanRescue and on the Sky Ocean Rescue website: www.skyoceanrescue.com”
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has signed a pledge to #PassOnPlastic with Sky Ocean Rescue – a commitment to reduce single-use plastic consumption. Launched in January 2017,...