No hope of saving bank at Tarpots

Considering changing banks – Jason White is not happy about the closure of Tarpots’ Barclays

Considering changing banks – Jason White is not happy about the closure of Tarpots’ Barclays

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A HIGH street bank branch cannot be saved from closure, say councillors.

Locals rallied round to save the Barclays branch at Tarpots, Benfleet, after it was announced it is due to close on Friday, October 17.

Following a meeting with the bank, council leader Colin Riley said there is no hope of saving the branch.

He said: “They said it doesn’t matter what we do, they are not reopening the branch.

“It’s terrible.

“We are disappointed they are not even considering it. We have a 1,400-strong petition that will come to council in September and I’m inviting all members of the council to have their say.”

Jackie Govier, Mayor of Castle Point and lifelong Barclays customer, spearheaded the campaign to save the branch from closure.

She said: “I’m very angry as they are treating us with contempt.

“This is a closure without consultation and if the council tried to do that, people would be up in arms.

“Barclays is just ignoring it.

They met with us, but they are just going through the motions and they are treating their loyal customers with utter contempt.”

The banking giant says more than half its Tarpots customers use different branches.

A Barclays spokesman said: “Our records show that 65 per cent of customers now regularly use alternative branches, which is why we have had to take the difficult decision to close the branch on October 17.

“We outlined how we will be supporting customers who may find it more difficult to visit our other branches nearby, including the Digital Eagles event we will be running on August 27, where we will have specialists at the branch helping customers to use their mobile devices to do their banking.

“We also are working to make people more aware that they can undertake their everyday banking at the nearby Post Office.

“The way customers undertake their banking is changing as people increasingly use online, telephone and mobile devices. In response to this change in customer behaviour we must evolve our business to meet their needs.”

THE owner of a cycle shop is considering changing banks when Barclays closes.

Jason White, owner of JD Cycles in London Road, has banked at the Tarpots branch for nearly 20 years.

He said: “I think it’s terrible and it is a super busy branch.

“You go in and most of the time the queue is out of the door.

“I’m not happy about it, but what can you do. The order has come from somewhere on high and we have just got to get on with it.

“I’m thinking of changing banks. It’s so convenient to walk over there of a lunchtime to do my banking and get change for the shop.

“The fact it is closing just before Aldi opens as well is crazy.

“It’s going to bring a lot of people into the area and it’s going to be great, but for a bank to shut at the time just seems a silly move.”

Dave Lovett, from Benfleet Glass Company, has banked with Barclays both personally and for his business for 50 years. He said: “I think it is a despicable way to treat customers of such long standing.

“I’ve already spoken to Natwest and plan to speak to its business adviser.

“Barclays didn’t even consult or consider the impact it would have on us.

“We clearly count for nothing, so we are moving across the road.

“It’s all well and good taking a petition around, but if everyone stays with Barclays then they have won. People need to vote with their feet on this one.”

Joanne Carns, owner of Castle Locks, London Road said: “I signed the petition because it is such a shame to see something else closing.

“Unfortunately a lot of the older people here don’t use online banking or don’t have a car, so it is going to be very difficult for them once it closes.”

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6:09pm Fri 15 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Used by a few, until this closure announced, now all of a sudden a 1400 signature petition on bended knees, too late - doong...
Canvey will be the next waste of premises on the chopping block
Used by a few, until this closure announced, now all of a sudden a 1400 signature petition on bended knees, too late - doong... Canvey will be the next waste of premises on the chopping block sesibollox
  • Score: 10

7:11pm Fri 15 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

“I’m very angry as they are treating us with contempt".... oh come on, get real, the banks treat every customer with contempt, as was demonstrated by PPI scandal, and barclays is a business, not a council...... the answer for most current account holders is to change to another bank, it's not that much of a big deal....
“I’m very angry as they are treating us with contempt".... oh come on, get real, the banks treat every customer with contempt, as was demonstrated by PPI scandal, and barclays is a business, not a council...... the answer for most current account holders is to change to another bank, it's not that much of a big deal.... pembury53
  • Score: 28

8:17pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Doughnut says...

What on earth has it got to do with the council ? It's a privately run bank. They do want they want. I've banked there for 30 years and it's disgusting to treat us like this. I'll be moving my personal and business account elsewhere. Bye Bye Barclays. You're changing for the worse.
What on earth has it got to do with the council ? It's a privately run bank. They do want they want. I've banked there for 30 years and it's disgusting to treat us like this. I'll be moving my personal and business account elsewhere. Bye Bye Barclays. You're changing for the worse. Doughnut
  • Score: 8

8:30pm Fri 15 Aug 14

lucy10 says...

thope bay next
thope bay next lucy10
  • Score: 6

10:35pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

Not enough customers then capitalism will obviously close it. Fair enough. Oh, but capitalism is meant to be lovely, I forgot.

Perhaps those who complain should contemplate why state owned businesses are required. Time to nationalise the banks and utilities. Or, if you wish to vote Tory, then dont complain when private enterprise dumps your area...
Not enough customers then capitalism will obviously close it. Fair enough. Oh, but capitalism is meant to be lovely, I forgot. Perhaps those who complain should contemplate why state owned businesses are required. Time to nationalise the banks and utilities. Or, if you wish to vote Tory, then dont complain when private enterprise dumps your area... Jack222
  • Score: -3

11:31pm Fri 15 Aug 14

maddriver says...

All very well to say you'll change banks, but how many banks are going to have any branches at all in a few years. Banks have always treated their customers with contempt and don't care about anything other than their profits.
Perhaps the man from the cycle shop might think differently if he started failing to make a profit. Would he stay open then? Barclays, like all businesses will do only what suits them.
All very well to say you'll change banks, but how many banks are going to have any branches at all in a few years. Banks have always treated their customers with contempt and don't care about anything other than their profits. Perhaps the man from the cycle shop might think differently if he started failing to make a profit. Would he stay open then? Barclays, like all businesses will do only what suits them. maddriver
  • Score: 2

11:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Spaldinho says...

65% including myself use other branches. I don't know why the councillors thought they had any influence on it's closure - are they communists? Finally, I'm sure barclays couldn't give a f--- of Jason wants to change banks. It will hardly cause the economy to collapse.
65% including myself use other branches. I don't know why the councillors thought they had any influence on it's closure - are they communists? Finally, I'm sure barclays couldn't give a f--- of Jason wants to change banks. It will hardly cause the economy to collapse. Spaldinho
  • Score: 8

5:37am Sat 16 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Terrible shame but its the way of the world I'm afraid. Jason can at least go somwhere else, although its not easy when you are in business. Its the elderly people that I feel sorry for , those you cannot use internet banking, for whatever reason . Too many people expect everbody to be able to use the internet and they cant and some havnt even got or want a computer. Telephone banking is a nightmare, press button 25, whats your shoe size, whats your mothers fathers uncles brothes name, whats the name of the fifth prime minister and then they dont understand the language . Another concern is how long is it going to stay empty as empty shops lower the tone of the area. Shame for the people of Tarpots area.
Terrible shame but its the way of the world I'm afraid. Jason can at least go somwhere else, although its not easy when you are in business. Its the elderly people that I feel sorry for , those you cannot use internet banking, for whatever reason . Too many people expect everbody to be able to use the internet and they cant and some havnt even got or want a computer. Telephone banking is a nightmare, press button 25, whats your shoe size, whats your mothers fathers uncles brothes name, whats the name of the fifth prime minister and then they dont understand the language . Another concern is how long is it going to stay empty as empty shops lower the tone of the area. Shame for the people of Tarpots area. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 1

9:17am Sat 16 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Dont get yourself a mirror Mr White
For if you look, you might get a fright
Now to the Bank the need has now expired
Oh dear those annoying Hitlerite staff soon to be fired
Dont get yourself a mirror Mr White For if you look, you might get a fright Now to the Bank the need has now expired Oh dear those annoying Hitlerite staff soon to be fired sesibollox
  • Score: 7

9:51am Sat 16 Aug 14

abd123 says...

The bank are a business and they don't make money on many personal accounts. For most people it is easy to do without this branch by using the Post Office and online for those that can. Its happening nationally and internationally, the way society works is changing. Think about all the butchers, shoe shops etc there used to be. A small local Council can't change this.
The bank are a business and they don't make money on many personal accounts. For most people it is easy to do without this branch by using the Post Office and online for those that can. Its happening nationally and internationally, the way society works is changing. Think about all the butchers, shoe shops etc there used to be. A small local Council can't change this. abd123
  • Score: 3

1:00pm Sat 16 Aug 14

essexlad1 says...

Everyone needs to move forward with online banking it's the most efficient way. If you don't move with the times your going to find it increasingly hard to get through life. Start getting to grips with it now or it will be even harder to adjust later
Everyone needs to move forward with online banking it's the most efficient way. If you don't move with the times your going to find it increasingly hard to get through life. Start getting to grips with it now or it will be even harder to adjust later essexlad1
  • Score: 6

2:36pm Sat 16 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

Jack222 wrote:
Not enough customers then capitalism will obviously close it. Fair enough. Oh, but capitalism is meant to be lovely, I forgot.

Perhaps those who complain should contemplate why state owned businesses are required. Time to nationalise the banks and utilities. Or, if you wish to vote Tory, then dont complain when private enterprise dumps your area...
don't why you got a -1 you absolutely nailed it with that post...... all the idiots that were duped by the tories promise to privatise everything in the 80's to improve services and introduce 'competition' now complaining their heads off at the cost of energy, rubbish bus services, greedy banks, outrageous train fares, failing prison services etc etc, while the board members contemplate their next yacht and appartment in monaco.... they were idiots then, and sadly, most still idiots now....
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Not enough customers then capitalism will obviously close it. Fair enough. Oh, but capitalism is meant to be lovely, I forgot. Perhaps those who complain should contemplate why state owned businesses are required. Time to nationalise the banks and utilities. Or, if you wish to vote Tory, then dont complain when private enterprise dumps your area...[/p][/quote]don't why you got a -1 you absolutely nailed it with that post...... all the idiots that were duped by the tories promise to privatise everything in the 80's to improve services and introduce 'competition' now complaining their heads off at the cost of energy, rubbish bus services, greedy banks, outrageous train fares, failing prison services etc etc, while the board members contemplate their next yacht and appartment in monaco.... they were idiots then, and sadly, most still idiots now.... pembury53
  • Score: -2

4:04pm Sat 16 Aug 14

cropped hero says...

Barclays is a private enterprise and can do as it wishes. It is there for no other reason than to make a profit for its shareholders.

Why the dozy folk at Castle Point council thought they could make the bank change its mind is a mystery. It shows how full of themselves they are. Just worry about keeping the streets clean and taking away the rubbish.

Anyone that is really unhappy about this closure should vote with their feet and change banks. It is a simple operation with minimal form filling.
Barclays is a private enterprise and can do as it wishes. It is there for no other reason than to make a profit for its shareholders. Why the dozy folk at Castle Point council thought they could make the bank change its mind is a mystery. It shows how full of themselves they are. Just worry about keeping the streets clean and taking away the rubbish. Anyone that is really unhappy about this closure should vote with their feet and change banks. It is a simple operation with minimal form filling. cropped hero
  • Score: 1

7:35pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Mattster says...

A cash machine should suffice as a replacement , one that takes deposits too.
A cash machine should suffice as a replacement , one that takes deposits too. Mattster
  • Score: 3

10:31pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Anti-Nazi666 says...

What!? Can't people these days walk? For old people, better use your bus passes because they do costs others people taxes A LOT OF MONEY.
What!? Can't people these days walk? For old people, better use your bus passes because they do costs others people taxes A LOT OF MONEY. Anti-Nazi666
  • Score: 2

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