Local News & Archive — June 28, 2017 at 3:35 pm — Updated: June 28, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Bank closures hit Prestatyn




Banking giant Santander is to close its Prestatyn branch on Thursday – the third bank to shut in the town in a matter of weeks.

It follows the closures of NatWest three weeks ago and the Yorkshire Building Society’s branch last month. Both banks also closed bases in Ruthin and Abergele respectively.

Santander said the decision to close its Prestatyn bank followed a strategic review into its lesser used branches. Staff will be transferred to its sister branch in Rhyl.

A spokesperson said: ”This decision was not taken lightly and follows a strategic review looking at customer usage levels, lease agreements, our overarching UK footprint and customer engagement strategy. By reducing inefficiencies in our branch network, we’re able to reinvest in our branches to improve their facilities, as well as investing further in digital capabilities to deliver a better experience for our customers.”

The decisions by the three banks proved an angry reaction among politicians. In March, Labour’s Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones, said she was ”furious and bitterly disappointed” by the Santander closure.


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