Clitheroe branch on Santander's list of bank closures

Clitheroe's Santander branch.
Clitheroe's Santander branch.
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Clitheroe's Santander has been named on a list of closures the bank is planning.

Branches of Santander in Clitheroe, Burnley and Fleetwood are listed for closure, although it appears that branches in Preston's Fishergate and Church Street in Blackpool are safe for now.

The branches in Castle Street, Clitheroe, Briercliffe Road, Burnley, and Lord Street, Fleetwood, were on the list of 140 branches released this morning.

The move is thought to affect around 1,200 jobs.

Clitheroe's Santander bank has been located in the town centre on Castle Street for many years, but has recently been the target of armed robbers.

They struck most recently in October 2017 and before that in November 2016.

Addressing the closures, Santander's head of retail and business banking Susan Allen, said: “The way our customers are choosing to bank with us has changed dramatically in recent years, with more and more customers using online and mobile channels. As a result, we have had to take some very difficult decisions over our less visited branches, and those where we have other branches in close proximity.

“We will support customers of closing branches to find alternative ways to bank with us that best suit their individual needs. We are also working alongside our unions to support colleagues through these changes and to find alternative roles for those impacted wherever possible.

“We continue to believe that branches have a vital role to play and we will be refurbishing 100 of our branches over the next two years. We are confident that following these changes we will have the right branch network to serve our customers’ changing needs, and we expect the size of our network to remain stable for the foreseeable future.”

A branch closure dedicated UK-based helpline has been set up. Advisors are available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 4pm on 0800 085 0879. Alternatively, customers can email CommunityEngagement@santander.co.uk