HSBC bank set to close in Wyke Regis

Dorset Echo: CLOSING: The HSBC branch on Portland Road in Wyke Regis CLOSING: The HSBC branch on Portland Road in Wyke Regis

A Weymouth community is to be left without a bank as its only branch faces closure.

HCBC, known as the ‘world’s local bank’, is to close its Wyke Regis branch, along with the external cash point on Friday, December 14.

Bosses at HSBC claim customer numbers at the Portland Road bank have fallen ‘significantly’ over the past few years.

A total of 45 of the company’s local branches have closed nationwide this year.

A spokesman for HSBC said: “On occasions we need to close some branches where customer footfall has fallen dramatically.

“Our branch in Wyke Regis is a case in point.”

The branch, which opens for limited hours for three days of the week, has served the community for 50 years and used to be to Midland Bank.

Local customers will now have to rely on the only other HSBC in the borough based in the town centre.

The spokesman added: “Customer usage has fallen very significantly over the past few years as our customers use other HSBC branches in the area or they are using the 24 hour convenience of ATM, internet or telephone or mobile phone banking.

“We will not be leaving an ATM once the branch closes as there are around 50 others within a one and a half mile radius of the branch.”

Help will be given to people who rely on the local branch ahead of the closure.

The spokesman said: “We will now be working with the small number of customers who use the branch.

“Customers will be able to use our other branch in Weymouth which is open for longer hours and also at weekends.

“From early next year our bank account customers will be able to use any of the 11,500 Post Office branches to conduct their banking needs.” The two members of staff who work at the Wyke Regis branch will transfer to the HSBC in Weymouth.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Councillor Kate Wheller said she was ‘concerned’ about the closure.

She added: “It is a great shame because as a borough we are working to improve business and business accounts and local banks are not helping us.

“HSBC are making cuts all over the country.

“The arrangements being made for people to have accounts accessed through the post office is useful but does not cover everything.”

And More Face The Chop

SCORES of local branches have been closed by HSBC with more due for the chop.

A total of 50 HSBC banks were closed last year along with 45 axed so far this year.

Another 23 are due to close between the end of this month and mid-December.

In 2011, the banking giant revealed it would cut up to 30,000 jobs over the next two years in a cull set to impact on more than 10% of its workforce. The efficiency drive, which will save the bank up to £2.1 billion a year, aimed to cope with reduced levels of activity.

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1:09pm Fri 28 Sep 12

greenglasses says...

Well I would like to know where all the other ATMs are with in walking distance and with no cost for use please...
Well I would like to know where all the other ATMs are with in walking distance and with no cost for use please... greenglasses
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1:14pm Fri 28 Sep 12

stench says...

greenglasses wrote:
Well I would like to know where all the other ATMs are with in walking distance and with no cost for use please...
does 1.5miles reaches town centre? if so, i suppose these are the 50 machines. i cant think of any in walking distance from HSBC, free ones anyway!
[quote][p][bold]greenglasses[/bold] wrote: Well I would like to know where all the other ATMs are with in walking distance and with no cost for use please...[/p][/quote]does 1.5miles reaches town centre? if so, i suppose these are the 50 machines. i cant think of any in walking distance from HSBC, free ones anyway! stench
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1:46pm Fri 28 Sep 12

greenglasses says...

That distance wont get me to portland or town or to sgt buns at the end of lanehouse..... I can only guess where all these atms are...in the pubs?... Oh well.... Its a shame the bank will close but I guess that if we dont use it we lose it!
That distance wont get me to portland or town or to sgt buns at the end of lanehouse..... I can only guess where all these atms are...in the pubs?... Oh well.... Its a shame the bank will close but I guess that if we dont use it we lose it! greenglasses
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2:14pm Fri 28 Sep 12

snaker says...

To be honest apart from using the ATM who would ever go out of they're way to bank at the far end of portland road?
To be honest apart from using the ATM who would ever go out of they're way to bank at the far end of portland road? snaker
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2:19pm Fri 28 Sep 12

greenglasses says...

Actually I know of someone who lives in preston who uses this branch as they can park do their banking and not be ripped off with town car park charges
Actually I know of someone who lives in preston who uses this branch as they can park do their banking and not be ripped off with town car park charges greenglasses
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3:08pm Fri 28 Sep 12

snaker says...

greenglasses wrote:
Actually I know of someone who lives in preston who uses this branch as they can park do their banking and not be ripped off with town car park charges
so they would rather waste money on fuel ......some ppl do make wonder
[quote][p][bold]greenglasses[/bold] wrote: Actually I know of someone who lives in preston who uses this branch as they can park do their banking and not be ripped off with town car park charges[/p][/quote]so they would rather waste money on fuel ......some ppl do make wonder snaker
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3:31pm Fri 28 Sep 12

greenglasses says...

snaker wrote:
greenglasses wrote:
Actually I know of someone who lives in preston who uses this branch as they can park do their banking and not be ripped off with town car park charges
so they would rather waste money on fuel ......some ppl do make wonder
No they visit me at the same time...
[quote][p][bold]snaker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenglasses[/bold] wrote: Actually I know of someone who lives in preston who uses this branch as they can park do their banking and not be ripped off with town car park charges[/p][/quote]so they would rather waste money on fuel ......some ppl do make wonder[/p][/quote]No they visit me at the same time... greenglasses
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3:44pm Fri 28 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

greenglasses
Like snaker said 'they would rather waste money on fuel ' (:o))
greenglasses Like snaker said 'they would rather waste money on fuel ' (:o)) lostnfound
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3:54pm Fri 28 Sep 12

snaker says...

lostnfound wrote:
greenglasses
Like snaker said 'they would rather waste money on fuel ' (:o))
'chuckle' :)
[quote][p][bold]lostnfound[/bold] wrote: greenglasses Like snaker said 'they would rather waste money on fuel ' (:o))[/p][/quote]'chuckle' :) snaker
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6:31pm Fri 28 Sep 12

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

greenglasses, If you're on your way to Sgt Bun you can use the Tesco ATM, free of charge (but please don't buy your cakes in there, support local independent business)
greenglasses, If you're on your way to Sgt Bun you can use the Tesco ATM, free of charge (but please don't buy your cakes in there, support local independent business) TenBobDylanThomasHardy
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6:47pm Fri 28 Sep 12

marabout says...

The good thing about the latest technology is that you don't need an ATM machine. My latest debit card is a contactless card and it is just so easy to pay for things without the need for cash
The good thing about the latest technology is that you don't need an ATM machine. My latest debit card is a contactless card and it is just so easy to pay for things without the need for cash marabout
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9:56pm Sat 29 Sep 12

Laadeeda says...

Not unforeseen.

HSBC closed the branches on Portland, then at Chalbury Corner. The next had to be Wyke!

Anyway I always felt I was interrupting their knitting when I used the Wyke facility. ;-)
Not unforeseen. HSBC closed the branches on Portland, then at Chalbury Corner. The next had to be Wyke! Anyway I always felt I was interrupting their knitting when I used the Wyke facility. ;-) Laadeeda
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8:53pm Tue 2 Oct 12

fedupweymouth says...

Laadeeda you obviously didnt know the staff very well, it is a great shame and a lot of businesses will suffer, mainly due to town only having 2 cashiers and a pile of machines. I for one closed all my accounts and think many should follow suit.
Laadeeda you obviously didnt know the staff very well, it is a great shame and a lot of businesses will suffer, mainly due to town only having 2 cashiers and a pile of machines. I for one closed all my accounts and think many should follow suit. fedupweymouth
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7:53pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Laadeeda says...

I don't know the staff at all. But I do know I had to wait whilst they finished a chat with another customer about a baby, (ahhhhhh). They were more than conscious of my presence and still ignored me. (A customer not a visitor).

Then again some months later, I was kept waiting whilst their knitting needles were placed out of sight!

Hardly good customer relations.

I appreciate it's not a main street branch, not all customers have time to waste listening to baby talk. A time and place for everything!

As for you closing your accounts because a sub branch closes!!!!
Then YOU state "a lot of businesses will suffer" Of course they will if accounts are closed!!! Or am I missing something?
I don't know the staff at all. But I do know I had to wait whilst they finished a chat with another customer about a baby, (ahhhhhh). They were more than conscious of my presence and still ignored me. (A customer not a visitor). Then again some months later, I was kept waiting whilst their knitting needles were placed out of sight! Hardly good customer relations. I appreciate it's not a main street branch, not all customers have time to waste listening to baby talk. A time and place for everything! As for you closing your accounts because a sub branch closes!!!! Then YOU state "a lot of businesses will suffer" Of course they will if accounts are closed!!! Or am I missing something? Laadeeda
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2:41pm Thu 4 Oct 12

PortlandYoof says...

Thank god. There seem to be a continuous stream of what can only be described as 'idiots', who like to park across the stuart barnes forecourt and proceed to pull out in front of oncoming traffic - All in the name of grabbing a quick fiver!

And to those of you whinging about the nearest cash point - WAKE UP. You can draw cash out for for no charge at the post office 0.4 miles away.

So much for local knowledge eh? I bet you're one of these ruddy folk who whinge like hell when they shut a post office down. Here you go, you've been presented with a perfectly good reason to USE your local one! :-)
Thank god. There seem to be a continuous stream of what can only be described as 'idiots', who like to park across the stuart barnes forecourt and proceed to pull out in front of oncoming traffic - All in the name of grabbing a quick fiver! And to those of you whinging about the nearest cash point - WAKE UP. You can draw cash out for for no charge at the post office 0.4 miles away. So much for local knowledge eh? I bet you're one of these ruddy folk who whinge like hell when they shut a post office down. Here you go, you've been presented with a perfectly good reason to USE your local one! :-) PortlandYoof
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