Barclays to close North Somerset branches

Barclays to close Portishead branch.

Barclays will close its Portishead branch after a drop in branch visits in the last two years. - Credit: Google

Barclays will close two bank branches across North Somerset later this year, the company has confirmed.

Customers have received letters from both Nailsea and Portishead branches informing them of the building's closures.

The banking group has listed 'a dwindling number of Nailsea customers' as a reason for the branch's closure in town.

Barclays to close Nailsea branch.

Barclays will close its Nailsea branch in July due to less than 50 customers using the branch exclusively for their banking. - Credit: Google

A Barclays spokesman said: “The decision to close a branch is never an easy one. However, customers are increasingly using alternatives to branches to do their banking.

"As a result, we are seeing a sustained fall in branch visits across the UK.

"We do not intend to make anyone redundant because of these closures. Colleagues working at the Nailsea and Portishead branches will be offered alternative roles in the bank."

It is estimated that 49 people rely on the branch exclusively for their banking.

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Meanwhile, it was stated that Portishead's branch, in High Street, has seen 15 per cent of customers using nearby branches in the past year - with only 75 people usually it exclusively for their banking.

Barclays to close Portishead branch.

Barclays will close its Portishead branch after a drop in branch visits in the last two years. - Credit: Google

A couple who rely on the Portishead branch has said that the decision has 'soured a 40-year relationship' with Barclays.

Gareth Jones said: "The move is not convenient at all for us and it will be a pain to commute.

"I was not aware of any consultation either, which I would have expected."

Finola Crowley, Gareth's wife, also stated that she will now consider changing banking service for a more convenient provider.

Barclays has revealed it will offer help to North Somerset customers by discussing alternative ways in which they will be able to continue their banking.

In addition to this, virtual ‘tea and teach’ sessions designed to explore digital banking and other alternatives to branch-based banking will be available for anyone who wishes to attend.

The Portishead branch will close on July 9 while Nailsea's will close its doors a week later, on July 16.

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