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Shipston battles against bank closure
SHIPSTON is fighting back against the decision to close one of its major High Street banks later this year.
As previously reported in the Journal, HSBC confirmed last month its branch will shut on November 15 due to a significant fall in customer numbers.
The closure will leave just one cash machine in the town – at Lloyds TSB – while customers wanting to go into an HSBC branch will have to travel to Stratford, Moreton or Banbury.
But Chris Saint, Warwickshire county councillor for Shipston, said he had written to the bank’s head office in London asking for a rethink.
“I’ve found out who made the decision in Canary Wharf and written to him and asked him to reverse it,” he said at the last town council meeting.
“We need more than just one working bank. I’ve invited him to come and meet us. I personally think they should rethink it.”
Councillor Jeff Kenner, ward member for Shipston, said: “I think it would be good if we do something together as we have on some other issues.
"We need to think if HSBC is definitely going to go, then we need to think about the alternatives.”
Town councillor Jackie Warner, who works at the post office, said: “We can only have personal banking customers of HSBC.
It’s business banking that’s going to suffer.”
Mayor Ronnie Murphy added: “We did think about doing a petition.
It’s a big concern. The older people are the ones who are upset, the ones who are less mobile and the ones who do their banking on a weekly basis.”
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