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HSBC branch in Shipston set to close
A MAJOR high street bank in Shipston is closing its doors at the end of the year - and will include the loss of its two cash points.
HSBC confirmed this morning that the Shipston branch will be closing its doors on November 15 and letters will be going out to customers today.
Other branches also closing around the country are Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria, Almondbury in West Yorkshire, Highcliffe in Dorset and Cudworth in South Yorkshire.
Shipston district councillor Richard Cheney said it was "very bad news"
"There has been a branch of this bank in Shipston for very many years and it is very much part of our High Street," he said. " Although banking practices change there are still many people who use this branch.
" I am aware that many local organisations use this branch to deposit large amounts of cash from fund raising events and there is also the benefit of being able to talk to a real person face to face without having the problems associated with an expensive 12 mile trip into a neighbouring town."
Coun Cheney added he had asked Lloyds Bank - which will have the only remaining ATM in the town once HSBC closes - if they will give him an assurance that they will remain in Shipston after 2015.
- HSBC closed its branch in Chipping Campden last November after a significant fall in customer numbers.
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