Barclays in Benfleet is set to close

Barclays in Benfleet is set to close

Barclays in Benfleet is set to close

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DISGRUNTLED customers have been forced to change banks after Barclays announced it is closing its Benfleet branch.

The branch in London Road, Great Tarpots, will close on Friday, October 17.

Barclays said there will be no redundancies, but seven members of staff have been given the opportunity to work at neighbouring branches.

Residents have been advised to use the London Road Post Office for everyday transactions.

The nearest Barclays branches are the London Road branch, in Hadleigh, nearly three miles away, and the Broadway Link branch, in Pitsea, two miles away.

Elizabeth Wreede, 62, of London Road, Benfleet, has banked at the branch since 1976.

Mrs Wreede said: “I’m disappointed and it may be more difficult to get to other branches.

“I’m disabled and have spinal problems, so I walk with a walking stick.

It is such a shame this one is closing.

“We’ve been told to use the Post Office at Tarpots, but that would make the queues astronomical.”

Dave Lovett, from Benfleet Glass Company, has banked with Barclays both personally and for his business for 50 years.

He said: “I think it’s an absolutely disgusting betrayal of loyal customers, they haven’t consulted us. Whenever I go in the Tarpots branch I’m queuing out the door. I will be moving over the road to Natwest as it’s in walking distance.”

A Barclays spokesman said: “At Great Tarpots branch, around 65 per cent of customers now regularly use alternative branches, which is why we have taken the difficult decision to close the branch.

“We hope the range of alternatives, including digital banking, nearby branches and Post Office access, will help to ease the transition for our customers.”

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3:58pm Wed 30 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

hadleigh, and leigh will follow, in time, as the new captain makes his mark and ramps up the payouts to shareholders..... probably having a right laugh over all the 'loyal customers' queuing up for hours to pay in a 25 quid premium bond.......
hadleigh, and leigh will follow, in time, as the new captain makes his mark and ramps up the payouts to shareholders..... probably having a right laugh over all the 'loyal customers' queuing up for hours to pay in a 25 quid premium bond....... pembury53
  • Score: 5

5:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

lucy10 says...

thope bay next
thope bay next lucy10
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5:24pm Wed 30 Jul 14

jolllyboy says...

They believe most people bank on line - ha ha try paying in a cheq with a receipt ! Try talking to a human being - that speaks english clearly.!
They believe most people bank on line - ha ha try paying in a cheq with a receipt ! Try talking to a human being - that speaks english clearly.! jolllyboy
  • Score: 1

7:14pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Good riddance - I stopped using Barclays when the teller idiots were always outside smoking, leaving long queues inside to wait, only a shame they're all not being ousted, still 21 weeks till Christmas....
Good riddance - I stopped using Barclays when the teller idiots were always outside smoking, leaving long queues inside to wait, only a shame they're all not being ousted, still 21 weeks till Christmas.... Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 1

7:24pm Wed 30 Jul 14

John Right says...

Hoping the Canvey branch gets wiped off the face of this earth, never more than one person behind the counter, others chatting in the distance, smirking as the customers are kept awaiting...
Hoping the Canvey branch gets wiped off the face of this earth, never more than one person behind the counter, others chatting in the distance, smirking as the customers are kept awaiting... John Right
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

A sign of things to come, for many local banks, they have mis-sold loans and mortgages, conned many, enjoyed making from the poor, now it's their turn to look into the bins of despair, hope they suffer from their puerile greed. I look at those people as utter scum.
A sign of things to come, for many local banks, they have mis-sold loans and mortgages, conned many, enjoyed making from the poor, now it's their turn to look into the bins of despair, hope they suffer from their puerile greed. I look at those people as utter scum. sesibollox
  • Score: -1

9:55pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
Good riddance - I stopped using Barclays when the teller idiots were always outside smoking, leaving long queues inside to wait, only a shame they're all not being ousted, still 21 weeks till Christmas....
Happy Christmas bankers, and an austeritous New Year....
[quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: Good riddance - I stopped using Barclays when the teller idiots were always outside smoking, leaving long queues inside to wait, only a shame they're all not being ousted, still 21 weeks till Christmas....[/p][/quote]Happy Christmas bankers, and an austeritous New Year.... sesibollox
  • Score: 1

11:14am Thu 31 Jul 14

britis04 says...

i'd be happy to open a shop there :D
i'd be happy to open a shop there :D britis04
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