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Barclays to close Haslingden branch
HASLINGDEN will be left with just two banks after Barclays announced it is to close its Deardengate branch.
Customers have received letters during the past week informing them that the branch will shut its doors in January.
It becomes the fourth high street bank to close in the town since 2005.
Coun Gladys Sandiford said the decision would cause problems for many elderly customers.
A spokesperson for Barclays said: “The decision to close Haslingden branch has not been taken lightly and we appreciate that it may inconvenience some customers.
“We will work hard to minimise the impact on customers and will help them with the change to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.
“One alternative to the branch is the arrangement we have in place in which personal customers are able to pay in and take out cash, free of charge at the local Post Office, the nearest of which is situated on Deardengate.”
Coun Sandiford said: “It’s another one of things that shows the decline of the high street.
“It could have a knock-on effect on the town centre as a whole. If people have to travel to get their money, it’s more likely they will spend that money elsewhere.
“A lot of elderly people do have problems with transport and online banking and it’s a great pity Barclays is closing.”
Barclays, which opened in Haslingden in 1969 will close on January 17 next year, leaving Santander in Manchester Road and TSB in Deardengate as the town’s only banks.
The bank, which has a branch in Rawtenstall, said there will be no redundancies as a result of the closure and that all staff will be re-located to other local branches.
HSBC closed its Haslingden operation in 2005, Halifax left in 2011 and NatWest shut last year.
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