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HSBC to close Windermere branch

HSBC will close its Windermere branch. Credit: PA

Banking giant HSBC has announced it will close its Windermere branch.

The doors will shut on 21 October with the bank claiming it is not commercially viable for it to stay open.

Customers will now have to travel to Kendal for the nearest branch, a journey of around 20 minutes by car.

Local MP Tim Farron has urged HSBC to reconsider the planned closure.

When HSBC’s Ambleside branch closed in 2012, we were told customers would be moved to Windermere. Now they will be shunted all the way to Kendal. Elderly residents want to be able to nip in to their local branch, not spend hours on the bus simply to access their savings.

Banks must consider the needs of the local community before cutting ties with the areas they are supposed to serve.

– Tim Farron MP


Petition against bank closure

Appleby's HSBC Credit: ITV Border

Rural campaigners fighting to save their local branch of HSBC say they'll continue their battle. The bank, which describes itself as the "world's local bank" says the Appleby branch will close on November 30th because the number of people using it has fallen significantly over the past few years.

The town's HSBC branch Credit: ITV Border

At a public meeting a unanimous decision was taken to continue to try to make HSBC change its mind. Local people see the closure as being symptomatic of a wider loss of rural services.

They fear that older people in particular will suffer if the bank accounts are switched to Penrith or Kirkby Stephen, both around half an hour away by car.

HSBC say the branch will close in November Credit: ITV Border

They say many older people are not so willing or able to use Internet banking. A petition containing more than two thousand signatures has been gathered to oppose the planned closure.