"It is not exactly the local pub, the corner shop or even the garage.  Even so, it turns out a surprising number of people have at least some affection for their local bank branch.  As closures accellerate across the country, so trade unions and community groups have been teaming up to fight the disappearance of old-style branches - and even getting some support from local councils.

Of course to some extent that is understandable.  On boarded up high streets (not yet in Winch - but just wait), the bank is often one of the few businesses that still seems to have some sign of life. But it is crazy to try to keep them all open. In reality they have been overtaken by technology. The costsof keeping the network alive imposes huge costs n al of us, and maintaining them is a barrier to much needed new competitors coming into the market. There is no more point in trying to save them than there was shipyards or steelworks a generation ago."

Think on Winchester. We have HSBC, Lloyds, Barclays and NatWest who all occupy enormous buildings. Lloyds have three manned till points in a banking hall that could house a tennis court. Other banks are moving to electronic tellers whilst the rest of the building house - what exactly? In an internet age that can handle nearly all of our daily transactions what is the role of the branch, and could it be accommodated in one of the small, shortly to be vacated, shop units.

Taken from an article by Matthew Lewis and printed in the Daily Telegraph 22/5/15.