Rt. Hon Edward Argar MP – Member of Parliament for Charnwood

A huge piece of good news for Syston was the recent opening of the Banking Hub in its temporary home in the Community Centre, before it moves to its permanent home in the town later this year. Recent years have seen the local bank branches in Syston close down, leaving the town and surrounding villages without a bank within walking distance. While the local Post Office does a fantastic job of providing some banking services, there was a clear need for a banking hub – a location which could house the major banks on a rota basis, providing face-to-face access for people to their bank in a local location. Having pledged in the Stn many months ago as Syston’s local MP to work and campaign hard for this Hub, I am so pleased we have delivered on that.
The delivery of this Hub is great news for Syston, and the surrounding villages, and is down to a lot of work, by a lot of people, over a number of years. As the local MP I have been campaigning for this Hub since 2021 and, as above, have previously written about my campaign in the Stn, and have been working hard with partners to deliver it, most recently early this summer brokering a meeting in Syston with the Town Council and Cash Access UK (who set up the hub) to find ways to overcome remaining obstacles to delivering the Hub.
Alongside Cash Access UK, particular huge credit must go to Syston Town Council and it’s former Chair and current Chair, Cllrs Tom Barkley and Mark Cherry, Town Manager Catherine Voyce, former Borough Councillors Simon Bradshaw, (and current Town Cllr) and particularly Sue Gerrard who also campaigned hard and determinedly for this hub, having come up with the idea, the team at the local Post Office, and many others, who should all, rightly, be proud of this achievement, and without whom it wouldn’t have happened. 
The Hub is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm, with staff from Santander being available on Mondays, NatWest on Tuesdays, Lloyds on Wednesday afternoons, HSBC on Thursdays, and Barclays on Fridays. 
I also wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the fantastic MacMillan Coffee Morning, held recently at the Pharmacie Arms on the High Street in Syston, generously hosted by Dave Noseley and his mother, Jean, which I was delighted to go along to support as your local MP. The hugely well attended event raised £1400 for MacMillan Cancer Support, with everyone enjoying Dave’s tea, coffee, and the fantastic cakes that volunteers had provided. It is testament to the hard work and kindness of people like Dave and Jean, and to the community spirit of Syston as a town, that this event was such a success in raising much needed funds for an incredibly good cause.
As ever, if you feel I can be of assistance to you as Syston’s local MP, please write to me at Rt Hon Edward Argar MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA, or by email at edward.argar.mp@parliament.uk