HSBC to close its doors as more turn to in­ter­net

Ac­counts moved to Bea­cons­field amid spec­u­la­tion over Ger­rards Cross

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: TRHer­bert

THE Chal­font St Peter branch of HSBC is to close.

A spokesper­son for the bank con­firmed the vil­lage branch, on St Peter’s Court, will close on Oc­to­ber 21.

The com­pany has blamed a re­du­cu­tion in foot­fall as nearly all bank­ing is car­ried out via phones, on­line and ATMs.

Re­ac­tion in the vil­lage has been mixed and peo­ple have taken to so­cial net­work­ing web­site Streetlife to have their say on the im­mi­nent clo­sure.

Judy wrote: “An­other empty shop af­ter the bank shuts. An­other nail bar or es­tate agent, what’s the bet. Shame.”

Neigh­bours have also been left con­fused over signs that in­di­cate business will be trans­ferred to Bea­cons­field, which has led to fears the Ger­rards Cross branch will also shut.

Writ­ing on Streetlife Bag­gles said: “HSBC is telling cus­tomers ac­counts are be­ing trans­ferred to Bea­cons­field - strange it’s not Ger­rards Cross.”

De­bra G replied: “Very strange, ei­ther Ger­rards Cross is on the way out or Chal­font St Peter branch have no idea of the near­est bank - and go­ing by ex­pe­ri­ence that is more likely the case.”

And Kate T wrote: “The man­ager at HSBC is such a lovely help­ful women and she is sup­ported by lovely staff. So I ex­pect Ger­rards Cross will close too.”

An HSBC spokesper­son said: “We con­tin­u­ally re­view our branch net­work to make sure our branches are in the right lo­ca­tions for our cus­tomers and we have a sus­tain­able net­work for the fu­ture. HSBC Chal­font St Peter cus­tomers have been ad­vised their ser­vices will trans­fer to the Bea­cons­field branch, which has longer open­ing hours and more facilities than other nearby branches.

“Nat­u­rally, cus­tomers wish­ing to make use of al­ter­na­tive branches, in­clud­ing Ger­rards Cross, are very wel­come to do so.

“In ad­di­tion to mo­bile and in­ter­net bank­ing, we have put in place a num­ber of mea­sures to help, in­clud­ing a part­ner­ship with the Post Of­fice, so our cus­tomers can still carry out their day-to-day bank­ing.”

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