BANKING chiefs have confirmed they will keep the Lloyds cashpoint machine running in Upton until a permanent new ATM is installed in the town.
Although its branch on the high street has now closed, Lloyds Bank bosses have pledged to work with the community to ensure residents are able to access banking services as well as protecting the 24-hour ATM service.
A mobile branch is now visiting the town to allow customers to bank in person and residents are also being encouraged to use the Post Office which can carry out many banking transactions.
The cashpoint machine in Lloyds Bank was temporarily switched off last week to allow the company to manage it remotely as the property is vacated.
And the High Street bank has committed to keeping the ATM open until a permanent replacement can be installed.
The arrangements followed meetings which West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin hosted between the bank and Upton’s community representatives after the decision was taken to close the branch.
This move left Upton without a bank.
Mrs Baldwin said: “There have been a few teething issues as the new arrangements are put in place and the bank is working closely with the community to identify the best possible solutions.
“It is obviously sad the last branch in Upton has now gone but I am glad the company has committed to keep the current Lloyds cashpoint operating until a permanent solution is in place.
“Many traders have been concerned about the lack of access to cash out-of-hours, particularly during peak season tourist activities and a full time solution is very important.
“I hope Lloyds customers are comfortable with the new arrangements but I encourage anyone with an issue to get in touch.”