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Barclays Bank Branch Crystal Palace Closure

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#1 Borgus

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 08:46 PM

From Croydon Advertiser:

 

BARCLAYS Bank in Crystal Palace is to close in October.

 

The bank said today it would be closing its Westow Hill branch on Friday, October 16 because its record show customer number have fallen by almost two thirds since 2008.

 

The closure means the nearest branches for Crystal Palace residents would be in Thornton Heath, Sydenham and Forest Hill.

 

Last year, Barclays closed its branch in South Norwood and is due to close its branch in Sanderstead in September.

 
A Barclays spokesman said: "The way customers undertake their banking is changing as people increasingly use online, telephone and mobile devices.

 

"We must therefore evolve the shape and size of our branch network in response to changing customer behaviour."

 

Employees of the bank will apparently be consulted about the change and give the opportunity to work at a nearby branch.

 

Pat Ryan, councillor for Upper Norwood, said he would work with councillors from neighbouring boroughs affected by the closure, including in Bromley and Lambeth.

 

He said: "This is terrible news and we have to fight to try and get Barclays to stay and reverse their decision.

 

"It will make life very difficult for business owners on the Triangle."

 

The Barclays spokesman spokesman added: "Everyday transactions including paying in a cheque or depositing cash, can also be completed at the nearby Post Office at 53 Westow Street, Upper Norwood."

 

 


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#2 ChewderOde

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 09:18 PM

Blimey - imagine the queues in the Post Office if this came to pass. They're bad enough already



#3 Norwood lad

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 08:53 AM

Bit of grandstanding from local councillors I would say as I would say Barclays have already made up their mind.

I do hope a ATM is kept on the site though as that only leaves Lloyds and Sainsbury’s.

 

Does open up a whole load of speculation as to what will replace the bank as its quite a big site and will surely have all sorts of people hovering over it.



#4 mickeyboy

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 09:44 PM

Bit of grandstanding from local councillors I would say as I would say Barclays have already made up their mind.

I do hope a ATM is kept on the site though as that only leaves Lloyds and Sainsbury’s.

 

Does open up a whole load of speculation as to what will replace the bank as its quite a big site and will surely have all sorts of people hovering over it.

 

Maybe the long overcoat brigade from Westow Street will give it a sniff


Edited by mickeyboy, 15 July 2015 - 09:44 PM.


#5 JMS

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 12:15 PM

what flashers?



#6 Dazza

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 08:58 AM

I go in a bank about once every 5 years why do we need branches in this day & age ?

 

However I am concerned about the lack of  ATMs in the area.

 

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#7 wulfhound

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Posted 02 August 2015 - 02:26 PM

Businesses need branches to bank their cash, Dazza. I'd imagine many will switch to Lloyds rather than schlep to Penge and back.

 

Cash does seem to be on the way out, get the impression a lot of high-ups wouldn't mind abolishing it entirely. Hope I'm wrong about that - aside from anything else, how are kids supposed to learn about money when it's all pictures on a screen from day one?



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Posted 03 August 2015 - 09:55 AM

I agree commercial businesses need some ability to deposit money etc so  some sort of commercial venture is required probably specialist type of office which would service all the banks for commercial businesses only but a general  teller service is nearly an obsolete service.

 

Most Kids I know use online services why should they travel several miles to a bank then que for 30 minutes to get access to their money  when they can immediate  access it via phone, computer or even watch

 

Perhaps you could get your kids to play monopoly if you want them to experience the old cash experience.

 

I know my 15 year old is even more savvy than me when it comes to his online account & pocket money.


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#9 Mawders

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 06:57 AM

The businesses would be foolish to schlep to Penge and back.  Only three left in Penge and one of them, the HSBC, is closing.  The Barclays and Nat Wests went within the last 12 months.



#10 Norwood lad

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Posted 26 October 2015 - 07:38 PM

All closed and ATM bricked up.







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