Barclays is to close its Bishop’s Waltham Branch, in a further blow to the High Street.
The bank will shut its doors for the last time on Friday March 5th 2021.
Barclays, which made a pre-tax profit before tax of £1.1 billion pounds for the three months to the end of September and £6.2 billion last year, says it is closing the branch because:
• The number of counter transactions has gone down in the previous 24 months
• Customers using other ways to do their banking has increased by 10% since 2015
• In the past 12 months, 20% of this branch’s customers have been using nearby branches
• They say that only 75 customers use this branch exclusively for their banking
Customers reacted with fury over the news. One said: “I’ve been a customer of Barclays Bank for 35 years but they haven’t even had the manners to write to tell me.
“Of course less people have used the branch over the past year – for a fair proportion of that time we’ve had Coronavirus restrictions of one kind or another. To use the pandemic as a smokescreen to close this branch is a disgrace.”
Another customer said: “So gutted always great service and the reason I have stayed with them for over 30 years.”
The closure will leave Bishop’s Waltham with just one bank – Lloyds – and one cash machine in the centre. The nearest Barclays branch will be Hedge End and Eastleigh.