Guiseley’s HSBC bank to be shut

The HSBC Bank, Guiseley.Picture by Simon Hulme
The HSBC Bank, Guiseley.Picture by Simon Hulme
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A bank in Guiseley which has become a landmark of the high street is to close this September.

HSBC has confirmed it is to shut the Oxford Road branch on September 23, with letters sent to customers.

“We understand branch closures may cause concern for some of our customers,” a spokesman said.

“We have put in place a number of measures to help, including a partnership with the Post Office, so our customers can still carry out their day to day banking.”

HSBC says there are two alternative branches for customers to use within a few miles, in Horsforth and Shipley.

Residents have reacted angrily on Facebook.

“Sad and disappointed,” said Tracey Gilks on the Our Guiseley Facebook page. “There’s going to be nothing left in Guiseley.”

Helen Humphreys added:” It’s always such a busy branch! What is happening to Guiseley?”

HSBC said the decision was taken as football at the branch had fallen.

“We continually review our branch network to make sure our branches are in the right locations for our customers and we have a sustainable network for the future,” the spokesman said.

“Over the past five years, we have seen an overall reduction in footfall at our branches of more than 40 per cent, and sometimes we have to make the difficult decision to close branches.

“These are not decisions we take lightly and we work closely with those impacted, including customers and staff, to help them understand their options.”

HSBC said it didn’t expect their to be any job losses in Guiseley as it looked to move staff to other branches nearby.