MP John Healey is supporting local efforts to maintain access to cash in Goldthorpe. The cash machine at 16-18 High Street Goldthorpe (Old Bishops Estate Agents) was at risk of being removed but has been given a temporary reprieve while its use is monitored by its owners, Cardtronics.
This machine used to break down so much that local people lost confidence in it. Then Cardtronics, claimed it was not used enough and were set on taking it out! A petition started by Big Local Volunteer, Heather, told Cardronics the machine would be used if they would properly maintain it, which is what they have now agreed to do for a 6-month trial. It has been reliable since its re-opening in January.
Heather now wants to spread the word that the ATM is working again and together with John Healey is encouraging people to use the machine if they want it to stay. The machine has a mobile phone number that people can send a text message to if they want to report any faults.
John said: “Communities like Goldthorpe are still reeling from the banks closing, something that has hit older people and small businesses particularly hard. If people can get their money out on the high street, they’re likely to spend money on the high street as well.”
Banks have closed more than 1,500 branches in the last three years, making free-to-use cash machines more important. 2.7m people still rely on cash to make payments, with older people and those on a low income more likely to do so.
LINK, which sets the rules for the UK cash machine network, is bringing in changes to the way the free cash machine network is funded. This will reduce the amount banks pay machine operators when people withdraw cash. Consumer group Which? has said it is worried this could lead to mass closures of free-to-use ATM machines across the country.
It is important that we do not lose more services in Goldthorpe and in order to retain this ATM we do have to use it or lose it. Please help to spread the word and see if we can save this ATM for members of the community to continue to use it.