HSBC to close its doors as more turn to internet
Accounts moved to Beaconsfield amid speculation over Gerrards Cross
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.”