Posted: Fri 10th May 2024

Flint to get new banking hub after TSB announces it will close last bank in town

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales


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A new banking hub will be set up in a Flintshire town that is going to lose its last bank.

On Wednesday, TSB announced it wanted to streamline operations by shutting down 36 branches across the UK.

The Flint branch is one of nine which will close in May 2025, while TSB will close 27 branches this September.

Councillors on Flint Town Council reacted with anger and disappointment over TSB’s decision to close the last remaining bank in the town.

They are demanding that Flint not be turned into a “banking desert” and will be collecting signatures for a petition to save banking in the town.

In response to TSB’s announcement, LINK has confirmed the town will benefit from a new banking hub.

Banking hubs are shared banking spaces, similar to a traditional bank branch, but available to everyone.

A LINK spokesperson explains, “The hub will consist of a counter service operated by Post Office employees, where customers of any bank can withdraw and deposit cash, make bill payments, and carry out regular banking transactions.”

“Furthermore, there will be private spaces where customers can speak to community bankers from their own bank for more complicated matters that require specialist knowledge or privacy.”

“The banks will be working on a rotating basis, so there will be staff from different banks available on different days. LINK has recommended that the hub should include a cash machine.”

The banking hub in Flint will now be delivered by Cash Access UK.

Over the next few weeks, the company will begin to engage with the Flint community as it looks for potential sites.

The hub will likely open within 12 months, a spokesperson said.

To date, LINK has recommended 130 banking hubs.

There are currently 50 banking hubs up and running in the UK, including three in Wales in Porthcawl, Prestatyn, and Welshpool.

Six further hubs will open in Wales in the coming months.

What services will be available?

Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, each banking hub has a counter operated by the Post Office where you can access cash services whenever the Hub is open and whoever you bank with:

  • pay in cash and cheques
  • withdraw cash
  • check your balance
  • pay utility bills
  • top up your gas and electricity
  • access change-giving services (for small businesses)

You can also talk to a community banker from your bank on the day your bank is in the hub.

There is a private space where you can talk face-to-face about more complicated banking enquiries like payments and transfers, managing your account, and how to use online banking.

Which Community Bankers will be at the Hub?

“We will be able to tell you nearer the time which banks will provide a Community Banker.” Cash Access UK has said.

Nine firms are supporting the Hubs in the UK:
• Bank of Ireland
• Barclays
• Danske Bank
• HSBC
• Lloyds Banking Group
• NatWest Group
• Santander
• TSB
• Virgin Money

“Community Bankers are usually provided by the banks with the most customers in the local area.” The company said.

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