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Kearney calls on Santander to rethink Antrim branch closure

25 January, 2019 - by Declan Kearney

South Antrim Sinn Féin MLA, Declan Kearney has called on Santander to reconsider plans to close its Antrim branch.

Mr Kearney said:

“Santander’s planned closure of its Antrim High Street branch will come as a bitter blow to customers and other users in the greater Antrim area.

“This news comes in the wake of the loss of other bank branches in Antrim town over recent times including Bank of Ireland and First Trust Bank. Indeed it is known that many customers of those banks moved to Santander in the hope of retaining long term local banking services, only to be let down again.

“Santander’s notification to customers appears to suggest that they will be adequately served by ‘alternative local banking services’, including other banks on the High Street and the Post Office. However, whilst these alternatives may allow for the deposit and withdrawal of cash, they do not cover the full range of banking services which many people rely upon.

“I am also concerned about the potential impact that the loss of the Santander branch will have on Antrim town centre. This closure can only contribute to an already declining footfall in the High Street and Castle Mall, serving to further undermine ongoing efforts to revitalise the town centre.

“I will be seeking an urgent meeting with Santander’s senior management team and asking them to rethink their branch network review in respect of the Antrim High Street branch.”

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