WITH the closure of a Whitchurch high street bank, the Post Office has stepped in to tell customers it is available for banking transactions.

On Friday, July 9, Barclays in High Street closed its doors for the final time.

The next nearest branch is in Nantwich, but customers can also visit the Post Office to use banking services.

Ruth Buckley-Salmon, from the National Federation of SubPostmasters, outlined alternatives to using the bank.

"The nearest post offices to the closing Barclays bank, Whitchurch branch are in Green End in Whitchurch, Meadow Court in No Mans Heath and High Street in Malpas," said Ruth.

"Each of these branches offers banking services - including deposits, free cash withdrawals and balance checks, as well as offering face-to-face access to government services, bill payment, foreign currency, travel insurance and, of course, postal services.

"There are currently 2,000 free-to-use ATMs installed across the UK post office network also.

"Post offices are proving vital to retaining people's and business's access to cash as the banks continue to desert the high street in order to cut costs and increase their profits.

"Every post office plays a vital role within the heart of the local community.

"Post offices provide a reliable and essential service which has continued at a high standard across the whole of the UK throughout the pandemic."