Villagers rally round in bid to save HSBC branch in Woodhall Spa
A COMMUNITY is still fighting to save its last bank from closure in a busy and thriving village.
Campaigners who want to overturn the decision by HSBC to close the branch in Woodhall Spa this summer, have handed in a petition of just under 1,400 signatures to MP Sir Peter Tapsell.
HSBC has announced they want to close the bank on The Broadway on August 17 due to falling footfall.
Customer accounts will be transferred to the branch in Horncastle.
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Sir Peter Tapsell told the Target: "I have already sent the petition, together with a strong covering letter from myself, to the chief executive of HSBC at their headquarters.
"The strong covering letter gives detail on why I think a special case should be made in keeping the bank at Woodhall Spa open."
Sir Peter has also received letters from constituents expressing their concerns over the bank closure.
The Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle also helped save the Lloyds TSB branch at Coningsby from closing permanently following a ram raid.
East Lindsey District Councillor for Woodhall Spa, and local businessman, Craig Leyland, is encouraging people to write individual letters to HSBC's chief executive.
He said: "The petition has been signed by local business people, residents and visitors who use the various shops in the village. We are a thriving community with a thriving business centre. We have no empty shops and all the businesses generation income for the local economy.
"There are always queues at the bank and the assumption that they can do telephone or internet banking is just ludicrous. Businesses when cashing up could end up closing early to travel to do their banking.
"A petition carries a lot of strength but it is also important that people write individual letters to HSBC's chief executive expressing their concerns."
A spokesman from HSBC said they are still closing the bank as planned.
They said: "The decision to close Woodhall Spa was not taken lightly and we hear and understand the concerns of our local customers, but after analysis of the branch's usage and our failure to improve on it, our very last option was the branch's closure.
"We are now talking to our customers who use the branch so they are fully aware of their banking options when the branch closes on August 17."