Local MP Philip Dunne today protested directly to the Chief Executive of HSBC about its plans to close its branch in Craven Arms on Friday 10th February 2012.
Mr Dunne said:
“HSBC has had a bank in Craven Arms for many years, formerly trading as Midland Bank. I was very disappointed to learn that it is slated for closure and am contacting HSBC to seek a meeting to discuss whether this decision can be reversed. Shropshire market towns need to maintain essential services, including banking, to allow other businesses to flourish. I am particularly concerned about maintaining night safe deposit facilities for business customers and cash dispensing ATMs for individuals in Craven Arms.”
HSBC wrote on 14th November to its customers to notify them of the 12 weeks notice period prior to closure of its branch. It proposed to transfer administration of local accounts to the HSBC in Ludlow and has confirmed that it will be maintaining tits branch in Church Stretton.
Mr Dunne has written to Roy Lewis, HSBC’s Regional Manager for the Midlands at HSBC in Birmingham.