Another bank to close in Holbeach

Holbeach Seniors Link chairman Joan Woolard outside Barclays Bank in Holbeach which is to close in October. Photo:  SG240713-117TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Holbeach Seniors Link chairman Joan Woolard outside Barclays Bank in Holbeach which is to close in October. Photo: SG240713-117TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Some Holbeach residents are facing a ten-mile round trip to their nearest bank after Barclays confirmed plans to close its branch in the town.

Lack of usage is thought to be behind the decision by Barclays to close its High Street branch on October 11 and in a letter to customers, the bank advised them to use its Long Sutton branch five miles away from Holbeach.

Barclays is the second bank to pull out of the town this year after NatWest closed its WestEnd branch last month and there is concern about the impact on elderly customers who face a journey to Long Sutton or a 16-mile round trip to Spalding.

Joan Woolard, chairman of Holbeach Seniors Link, said: “The closure of Barclays’ Holbeach branch in October, after the closure of NatWest in June, is a worry for the elderly and disabled who are already finding life hard enough.

“They appreciate the personal service given by the Holbeach staff, much of it second to none.

“But now they will be forced to travel to Long Sutton for their banking services.”

Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth said: “I have written to Barclays expressing my concerns over the closure and the effect this will have on the high street.”

A Barclays spokeswoman confirmed that its two staff members working in Holbeach will be transferred to other branches in the area.

She said: “Our branch network is one of the largest and most widespread in the UK but occasionally a decision is made to close a branch, for example, where there is low customer use.

“The decision to close Holbeach branch has not been taken lightly and we appreciate that it will cause some inconvenience.”