PRESELI Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb met with representatives from Barclays Bank to discuss residents’ concerns about the Milford Haven branch closure.

Mr Crabb said that the Barclays representatives defended the decision to close the branch, pointing out that many of the services would be available from the nearby post office.

In a Facebook post Mr Crabb said: “Following the announcement by Barclays that they will close their Milford Haven branch, today I met with Alan March (deputy community banking director) and Jonathan Brenchley, (head of corporate relations Wales & west) from Barclays Bank to discuss my concerns about the impact on the town of Milford and to pass on comments I have received from local people.

“In response they pointed to the declining number of customers using the branch and the sharp increase in users of online and mobile phone banking.

“I also asked for assurances that no staff would be made redundant and they stated that the employees have been offered positions in Tenby or Haverfordwest.

“Most of the current services at the branch are available at the Post Office although some people have suggested to me that there are often lengthy queues at the Post Office on Charles Street.

“The Barclays team explained that members of the branch staff in Milford Haven branch will help customers with the transition, making it as seamless as possible, by walking them through the Barclays services offered at the Post Office and online/on the app.

“Customers can continue to contact me if they have further concerns they wish me to raise.”

The Milford Haven branch is due to close on July 12.