Barclays branch to close

Westbury on Trym is losing another bank with the announcement that Barclays is to shut its branch.
The bank says it has taken the decision to close the High Street branch on February 16 because most people bank online, by app or on the phone.

It says there are 16 customers who use the branch regularly as their only way to do banking and promises to “work with the local community to understand the impact of closing this branch.”

The blow to the community follows the closure of NatWest and HSBC last year. Lloyds and Nationwide branches re-main.

Councillors have been trying to establish a banking hub, in which all the major banking outlets share a shopfront.
It is not yet known whether this could happen but there is hope in Barclays’ online announcement, which says: “We want to reassure you that we’re here to help. We’ll stay in your community and you’ll be able to talk to us in person. We’re finalising the details of where we’ll be based, and when, to support you with your banking, and we‘ll share the details locally once confirmed. We’ll be available to help you with things like day-to-day banking queries and helping you manage your money, though there won’t be access to cash at this site. We’ll also add the location and opening times on our website – just search ‘findbarclays’.

People who have concerns about the closure are invited to call 03457 3453452, or email Michael Watts, customer care director for south west counties at