Local News & Archive — March 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm — Updated: March 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Third Prestatyn bank to close

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A third Prestatyn bank is to close its doors this summer.

Santander’s High Street branch will shut its doors on Thursday 29th June – the town will also lose its Yorkshire Building Society branch on 19th May, followed by NatWest on 8th June.

Santander said the decision followed a strategic review into its lesser used branches with staff in Prestatyn being transferred elsewhere. But the Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones, said she was ”furious and bitterly disappointed” with the closure plan and would call on an urgent meeting to be held.

A spokesperson for Santander said: ”This decision has not been taken lightly and follows a strategic review looking across our UK branch network, changing customer behaviour, branch and digital channel usage and alternative ways for our customers to bank with us.”

”Closing our lesser used branches means we’re able to reinvest in our branch network to improve facilities, as well as investing further in digital capabilities to deliver a better experience for our customers, whilst continuing to provide services to local communities.”

”All Santander current account holders can use the Post Office for cash and cheque deposits, withdrawals and to check their account balance. The branch team will be supporting customers over the coming months with alternative ways to do their banking.”

In Abergele, the town’s HSBC branch was closed last Friday with the Yorkshire Building Society also set to close in May. NatWest will also close its Ruthin bank on 13th June, leaving Rhyl as its last remaining Denbighshire branch.

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