Llandovery's bank appeal for extra cash machine
COUNCILLORS in Llandovery are to contact all the banks they can think of to invite them to put a cash machine in the town.
It has been left with just one free ATM after HSBC closed its doors in December. It was one of more than 20 branches shut by the bank across the UK.
Now Llandovery Town Council is starting a campaign to get another cash machine and is going to write to as many banks as possible.
Jill Blud, Llandovery mayor, said: "We are going to write to the banks to see if we can get another cash point here."
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Mrs Blud said there have been problems with the only free cash machine not working. "It was down for a few days over Christmas and my son tried to get some money out the Friday after Christmas and it still wasn't working."
The mayor said she realises that HSBC customers will be able to get money out at the Post Office in Llandovery, but they will not be able to carry out transactions there until the spring.
"Why they did not arrange for it to stay open until the spring, I do not know."
Mrs Blud said the removal of this cash machine will affect trade in the town.
"I think it has and will affect business, especially the pubs. With younger generations coming here for a night out, what happens when they go to our only cash point and it's not working? Well, they will go somewhere else."
The council is also going to write to Barclays Bank, who has the only free cash point in Llandovery, to ask them to make sure that it has sufficient amounts of cash in the machine at all times.
When HSBC first closed, Llandovery town councillor Gillian Wright said there was huge disappointment in the town. "A lot of the businesses and residents used HSBC here. It was a good bank in the centre of town," she said.