Neston loses its last high street bank as Barclays closes branch

Reporter:

David Triggs

Justin Madders has called for action after it was confirmed that the last remaining bank on Neston High Street is to close. 

The Ellesmere Port & Neston MP is concerned that the town centre will be left with just two cash points – and no banks – once the Barclays branch shuts in October. 

Barclays said the decision was a difficult one which was made as fewer people were using the bank.   

A spokesperson confirmed: "The way customers undertake their banking is changing as people increasingly use online, telephone and mobile devices. At Barclays Neston branch, customer usage has continued to decline in recent years, which is why we have taken the difficult decision to close it.

”We hope that the availability of our other Barclays branch at 26 Pensby Rd, Heswall, and access to services at the local Post Office located at 7 High Street, Neston, along with our range of digital channels will help to ease the transition for our customers.”

All Barclays customers in the area will receive a letter, posters will be displayed in the branch and staff will be on hand to assist customers with any concerns they may have. 

The closing date is Friday, October 20 and Barclays confirmed there will be no compulsory staff redundancies.

However, Mr Madders is still sorry to see another high-street bank leave Neston following the losses in recent years of NatWest and HSBC. 

He said: "I'm incredibly disappointed with the contempt shown for the people of Neston once again by the big banks. 

"I am extremely concerned that a town the size of Neston has now been left with just two cash-points.

"I will be calling on the major banks to come together to see if we can get some kind of shared facility in the town, which would undoubtedly be widely used and would benefit the banks and their customers alike."

 

Email:

david.triggs@nwn.co.uk

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