A NEW banking hub is set to offer in-person support with everyday finances to residents in Rayleigh, after its High Street branch closes this month.

Barclays’ latest “Local” pop-up branch will open in Rayleigh Library on the High Street. Bank staff will provide face-to-face assistance four days a week.

It comes as the bank prepares to close its current branch for good on March 22, assuring residents it would “stay in the community”.

Each Barclays Local also offers free digital skills workshops, along with fraud and scam awareness events for the community.

From March 25, the hub will be open Monday to Thursday, between 9am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 4.30pm.

However, the facility will not offer cash withdrawal services.

In a statement, a spokesman for Barclays said: “Although we will be cashless and unable to accept cheques, we can help you pay in cheques via the Barclays App, or direct you to your nearest post office, where they will also be pleased to assist you.

“We will offer both a walk-in service and also you will be able to book appointments through the following link: www.barclays.co.uk/local.

“Many thanks to Essex Libraries and Essex County Council for helping to make this happen.”