HSBC have announced plans to close its branches in two Wrexham villages.

The bank confirmed that its branches in Chirk and Ruabon are to close on Friday 8th April 2016 – with plans to write to customers on Monday advising them of the closures.

Customers will be transferred to the HSBC branch in Wrexham Town Centre which is an 11 mile drive from Chirk and five miles away from Ruabon.

HSBC have said that the decision to close the two banks comes is made with ‘great reluctance’, stating that following ‘careful analysis of both branch’s commercial viability it was clear that they are no longer generating the custom necessary to justify their continued operation’.

It comes as what the bank has described as a ‘dramatic change to people’s banking habits’. The closure of the two HSBC branches will not result in any redundancies with HSBC confirming that staff will be located elsewhere.

However decision to close the two branches has been slammed by politicians, with local Penycae and Ruabon South Councillor Joan Lowe said it was a disgrace and would impact on local people and the business community. I've been in touch with the local MP Susan Elan Jones who s taking up in Westminister via the department of Business, innovations and skills who seem to be letting local community down

“Both branches are situated in areas of growing business development and serve customers from villages around them. HSBC’s decision comes after decisions to close branches across many other villages and small towns across the country, including Llangollen, Corwen, Cefn and Rhos.

“Bank branches like these are very important to everyone locally, particularly elderly customers, the disadvantaged and local businesses, especially small and medium sized businesses.

Call on HSBC Bank to reverse its decision to close the two banks at Ruabon and Chirk.

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