LLOYDS Bank customers in Newent will face a ten mile trek to Gloucester when their town branch closes in April.

The black horse bank decided to close their Broad Street branch due to a lack of use by its customers.

Counters at the Newent branch are 12 percent quieter than a year ago and 84 percent of its customers are already using another branch as well as their local one.

A spokesperson for Lloyds Bank said: “We have made the difficult decision to close our branch in Newent in April 2016.

“This is because customers are using this branch less often. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and have informed customers of the closest alternative branch, which is Eastgate Street in Gloucester.”

Lloyds stated that its customers can use the nearby Post Office to check their balance, withdraw cash and make deposits into their account.

District Councillor Craig Lawton (Oxenhall and Newent North East, Con) fears the closure of the Lloyds branch will impact on the wider area around Newent.

He said: “I have written to district councillors of other wards that surround Newent asking them to also raise this matter with Lloyds, as it is important that they realise how many people the closure could effect.”