SIR - Regarding the bank closure in Idle village (T&A, March 7).

Will a higher level of cooperation within the thinking world, mitigating the ruthless competition which now prevails, be some remedy to prevent out-of-town centres losing banking facilities that are more customer-friendly than the ‘integrated digital mobile and telephone services’ now dominating?

Perhaps the residents should switch to Barclays Bank? Could the major banks not have some co-operative agreement among themselves to ensure that at least one branch remains open, and so maintain footfall and a personal service to customers?

At the moment the post office is a poor alternative. I certainly wouldn’t change banks.

Ted Harris, Ormonde Drive, Allerton