Village bank to remain closed despite plan to repair damaged wall

Barclays in Kimbolton

Barclays in Kimbolton - Credit: Archant

Banking giant Barclays has applied for planning permission to repair the damage caused to one of its branches during an attempted ram raid earlier this year, but there is no chance the facility will be reopening.

Raiders attempted to steal an ATM by smashing a hole in the façade of the Kimbolton branch of Barclays back in

January, but were disturbed during the attempt and failed, leaving a stolen teleporter and trail of destruction in their wake.

The High Street branch was closed in the aftermath of the attack, the second such incident since 2012 and, a few months after the incident, Barclays announced that it would be closing the branch permanently.

Despite a series of protests in the village from users of the bank, the firm stuck with its decision and staff were transferred to sister branches.

Now, the bank has applied to Huntingdonshire District Council to rebuild the façade, remove it signage and repair the pavement outside the branch.

Stride Treglown, agents acting for Barclays, said: “As well as the rebuild of the ground floor front façade, the applications seek to make good the pavement at the front of the bank, to remove standard paviours where they lead to the ATM and replace this with cobblestone to match the existing.

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“The application also proposes to remove the modern Barclays signage from the front façade, the dome CCTV camera and burglar alarm on the front facade.”

In the aftermath of the attack, the damage caused to the Grade-II listed building was secured with timber boarding, but the bank is seeking a permanent solution to the issue.

Within its plans, however, it was quick to dampen hopes that it may be about to refurbish and re-open the branch.

The agents added: “The bank are now seeking to rebuild the façade in the same manner and to match the building, but without the ATM and safety deposit box.

“Temporary works to secure the bank include the installation of timber hoarding sitting flush within the façade. The bank is now non-operational and is permanently closed.”