HSBC to close Grange-over-Sands branch

THE HSBC bank branch in Grange-over-Sands is being axed because of a fall in the number of customers using its over-the-counter services.

The banking giant revealed its Main Street premises would close on November 15.

However, staff who are based there - equivalent to two full-time posts - will be offered positions at other branches in the area.

Letters were being sent out this week to all the branch’s customers, advising them of the impending closure.

A spokesman for HSBC said closing branches was ‘a last resort’.

“Grange is one of five branches currently planned for closure because customers are using the branch network less than they used to,” he said. “We are seeing a shift to customers using phone, internet and mobile devices.

“However, HSBC has this year entered a relationship with the Post Office which will enable those customers in Grange who do not have access to internet and telephone banking to transact business at the local post office branch in Main Street, where they will also be able to pay in cheques.”

Grange Town Council chairman Tom Harvey said: "It’s extremely disappointing that HSBC don't wish to keep a high street presence in Grange. However, there are a significant number of other banks and building societies in the town and for the many residents who are perhaps less tech savvy and prefer to bank face to face with a real person instead of using the internet.

“They can be reassured that the banks and building societies have a legal obligation to make switching accounts a quick and easy process and I know that the staff in these companies are extremely capable and are able to do all the work needed to make that switching as easy as possible."

HSBC has closed more than 200 branches in the UK over the last three years, but only four so far in 2013. But it is not alone in slimming down its branch network.

Royal Bank of Scotland, which includes the NatWest brand, has closed 60 branches this year while Barclays has closed 16.

Meanwhile, Lloyds Banking Group, which includes the Bank of Scotland and Halifax, has promised not to close any branches before February 2015.

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5:01pm Tue 20 Aug 13

jazzactivist says...

Oh well, it isn't really essential to Grange, and if HSBC customers can access its services through the Post Office anyway then that's probably better all round. There's still a Barclays on Main Street, a Furness BS, and the Co-op ATM. It would be better for Grange if there was a single banking hub to enable people to access all banks, perhaps in the HSBC building which is very central. Then whichever bank people are with it would be easy to transact business. Not everyone trusts online banking, and for the many small businesses in Grange being able to pay cheques into a bank hub would be very useful. Maybe the PO can take on this role for all banks? I would prefer to save our Post Office than a bank branch.
Oh well, it isn't really essential to Grange, and if HSBC customers can access its services through the Post Office anyway then that's probably better all round. There's still a Barclays on Main Street, a Furness BS, and the Co-op ATM. It would be better for Grange if there was a single banking hub to enable people to access all banks, perhaps in the HSBC building which is very central. Then whichever bank people are with it would be easy to transact business. Not everyone trusts online banking, and for the many small businesses in Grange being able to pay cheques into a bank hub would be very useful. Maybe the PO can take on this role for all banks? I would prefer to save our Post Office than a bank branch. jazzactivist
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5:20pm Tue 20 Aug 13

shirtbox2003 says...

majority of people are paid wages and pensions and benefits direct into banks these days,its only a matter of time before the other banks in grange close ,not only for this reason but also the general decline of grange as a holiday resort having little to offer visitors especially on sundays and bank holidays when it is even difficult to get even a reasonably priced cup of tea as the majority of shops except for the co-op and spar are closed.it did look at one time like booths were coming to the site of the Toyota garage but that has now been taken over by another Toyota dealer so what will happen now is anybodys guess.also the extortionately high price of property is not helping the area.
majority of people are paid wages and pensions and benefits direct into banks these days,its only a matter of time before the other banks in grange close ,not only for this reason but also the general decline of grange as a holiday resort having little to offer visitors especially on sundays and bank holidays when it is even difficult to get even a reasonably priced cup of tea as the majority of shops except for the co-op and spar are closed.it did look at one time like booths were coming to the site of the Toyota garage but that has now been taken over by another Toyota dealer so what will happen now is anybodys guess.also the extortionately high price of property is not helping the area. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 0

5:36pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Grumpyoldbiker says...

It is not just branch closures. Reduced opening hours are being introduced. HSBC in Morecambe was open on Saturdays until recently, now is only Monday - Friday. Useless if you work all week and want to talk to someone face to face. I do not want to talk to someone on the other side of the world. Looking at changing banks, as it is easier to switch now.
It is not just branch closures. Reduced opening hours are being introduced. HSBC in Morecambe was open on Saturdays until recently, now is only Monday - Friday. Useless if you work all week and want to talk to someone face to face. I do not want to talk to someone on the other side of the world. Looking at changing banks, as it is easier to switch now. Grumpyoldbiker
  • Score: 2

6:11pm Tue 20 Aug 13

jazzactivist says...

I have to disagree with you shirtbox2003. Grange is a really thriving, attractive town with plenty to offer visitors. It is an active town with lots of small, interesting, independent businesses, and not completely dependent on tourism like many of the other towns and villages in the Lakes. A Booths where the Toyota garage is would kill off a lot of the trade in the town, as it would only sell items that you can already buy in the shops. Many people still pay small businesses by cash and cheque, and having to go to other towns to pay it in is a drag. But a single bank hub would be enough.

The Hazelmere is always open on a Sunday, and you can't much better tea / coffee and cake than there. If you come to Grange on the last Sunday of the month there is a huge art and craft fair along the Prom, and most cafes are open. Some shops too, and the pub has had a revamp. The move is on to reopen the Lido, and that will really put Grange back on the map as a visitor attraction. So maybe another visit might change your mind.
I have to disagree with you shirtbox2003. Grange is a really thriving, attractive town with plenty to offer visitors. It is an active town with lots of small, interesting, independent businesses, and not completely dependent on tourism like many of the other towns and villages in the Lakes. A Booths where the Toyota garage is would kill off a lot of the trade in the town, as it would only sell items that you can already buy in the shops. Many people still pay small businesses by cash and cheque, and having to go to other towns to pay it in is a drag. But a single bank hub would be enough. The Hazelmere is always open on a Sunday, and you can't much better tea / coffee and cake than there. If you come to Grange on the last Sunday of the month there is a huge art and craft fair along the Prom, and most cafes are open. Some shops too, and the pub has had a revamp. The move is on to reopen the Lido, and that will really put Grange back on the map as a visitor attraction. So maybe another visit might change your mind. jazzactivist
  • Score: 0

8:27pm Tue 20 Aug 13

shirtbox2003 says...

i don't speak as a visitor jazzactivist but as a resident and I know the hazelmere is open on sundays but is quite expensive.most events this year have been poorly attended even the ducks have taken flight.as for the lido,well? there is talk of wasting £1.3 million pounds on it and to demolish the other waste of money the indoor baths and leisure centre.who will use the lido?it has closed down twice already.the only suitable use there is affordable housing incorporated with the empty site of the other redundant pool.as for the pub mentioned it is the only one left in grange except for the bar opposite the post office,even the legion club is now closed.i am trying to be realistic and can only tell what I can see with no blinkers.grange as a tourist place to visit on a sunday is not good,and if the lido is ever revived then I bet that would be closed on sundays.
i don't speak as a visitor jazzactivist but as a resident and I know the hazelmere is open on sundays but is quite expensive.most events this year have been poorly attended even the ducks have taken flight.as for the lido,well? there is talk of wasting £1.3 million pounds on it and to demolish the other waste of money the indoor baths and leisure centre.who will use the lido?it has closed down twice already.the only suitable use there is affordable housing incorporated with the empty site of the other redundant pool.as for the pub mentioned it is the only one left in grange except for the bar opposite the post office,even the legion club is now closed.i am trying to be realistic and can only tell what I can see with no blinkers.grange as a tourist place to visit on a sunday is not good,and if the lido is ever revived then I bet that would be closed on sundays. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 4

9:46pm Tue 20 Aug 13

laker1 says...

HSBC closed its branch in Ambleside after reducing its opening hours dramatically so that it was no longer attractive to both businesses and private customers - do what we did, and many others I know - support the banks who support your town - move your accounts
HSBC closed its branch in Ambleside after reducing its opening hours dramatically so that it was no longer attractive to both businesses and private customers - do what we did, and many others I know - support the banks who support your town - move your accounts laker1
  • Score: 6

4:19pm Wed 21 Aug 13

Sick of moaners says...

Sadly grange hasn't moved with the times. The prom still in the 40's duck pond 50's. There's nothing to do,2 pubs says it all for a place of it's size. A very nice place just nothing to do or bring people in and the parking bad to.
Sadly grange hasn't moved with the times. The prom still in the 40's duck pond 50's. There's nothing to do,2 pubs says it all for a place of it's size. A very nice place just nothing to do or bring people in and the parking bad to. Sick of moaners
  • Score: 4

5:52pm Sat 24 Aug 13

Do something don't moan says...

Will they take their ATM with them. Pig Lane can then be restored to its full width.
If "Sick of moaners" wants things to change how about helping to achieve this?

The community led plan questionnaire gives all a chance to help shape the future of Grange. Take it!
Will they take their ATM with them. Pig Lane can then be restored to its full width. If "Sick of moaners" wants things to change how about helping to achieve this? The community led plan questionnaire gives all a chance to help shape the future of Grange. Take it! Do something don't moan
  • Score: -1

6:26pm Sat 24 Aug 13

Sick of moaners says...

How will taking a cash point out brink people to grange?????????? So what if people park on pig lane, who cares apart from you. As for your little questionnaire already filled it in. Build more houses like a1000 up the fell.
How will taking a cash point out brink people to grange?????????? So what if people park on pig lane, who cares apart from you. As for your little questionnaire already filled it in. Build more houses like a1000 up the fell. Sick of moaners
  • Score: 3

12:52am Tue 27 Aug 13

davidcattell says...

don't live in grange but whatever happened to community and this is what this bank should be the heart of
don't live in grange but whatever happened to community and this is what this bank should be the heart of davidcattell
  • Score: 2

12:52am Tue 27 Aug 13

davidcattell says...

don't live in grange but whatever happened to community and this is what this bank should be the heart of
don't live in grange but whatever happened to community and this is what this bank should be the heart of davidcattell
  • Score: 1

10:53am Tue 27 Aug 13

shirtbox2003 says...

as there are still 3 banks a building society and a post office grange is still well serviced by the banking sector for now,so good riddance hsbc, I speek as a customer of hsbc for now.
as there are still 3 banks a building society and a post office grange is still well serviced by the banking sector for now,so good riddance hsbc, I speek as a customer of hsbc for now. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 1

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