Barclays is to shut in Downham Market, it has been confirmed.

The Bridge Street branch is set to close for good on Friday, May 3.

In King’s Lynn, the Hardwick branch in Hansa Road is also set to close on Friday, April 26, with the High Street branch unaffected.

Barclays has cited a fall in the number of customers visiting its branches in the last 24 months for its decision.

A Reasons for Closure booklet explaining the closure said 74 per cent of its Downham customers and 82 per cent of its Hardwick customers also used other ways to do their banking such as online and by telephone.

Barclays also said it had only identified  162 Downham customers who used the branch exclusively for their banking and only 53 for Hardwick.

Kathryn Kitson, community banking director for Norfolk  and Suffolk, said: “Proposals to close any branch are made by the Barclays local leadership teams and verified at a national level ahead of any closure announcement.”

The branch in Wells High Street is also due to close next Friday.

Downham Market Mayor David Sharman said he was extremely saddened by the news of another bank closure in the community. 

He said: “Barclays’ justification for closing did not seem to accord with the everyday customers’ experience and observations of a busy local branch. 

“It seems to me as if banks have lost their moral responsibilities to serve our communities. 

“As our town continues to grow, this means Lloyds Bank will literally be the last bank in town so I very much hope this will strengthen their resolve to commit to retain a presence in our town.” 

North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham said he was very disappointed and saddened by the news.

With regard to the Hardwick branch closure he said: “It is certainly the intention of the big banks to move towards a cashless society but there will always be a significant number of businesses and individuals that cannot do without their local branch.

“Bearing this in mind, I have been in touch with Barclays about this to express my grave concerns, I have also asked them if they have consulted fully and properly with their customers.”

Sir Henry added: “My own view is that they should put this on hold pending a proper survey of their existing customer base; as well as examining whether there is an argument for expanding this branch and offering more services.”