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Only full-time bank in Skewen set to close

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

(From left) Councillor Harry Bebell, AM David Rees, councillors Arthur Davies and Mike Harvey and Angharad Aubrey outside Barclays in Skewen.

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PEOPLE in Skewen are to fight the closure of a bank that has served the village for more than 100 years.

The Barclays branch is set to shut its doors for the final time on August 1, leaving residents and councillors furious.

It provides a full-time service to the community but if it closes Skewen which will be left with just one bank — Lloyds — which is only open two days a week.

County councillors for the Coedffranc ward, Mike Harvey, Arthur Davies, Paula Bebell and Harry Bebell said they are concerned. In a joint statement said: "We are amazed that Barclays intend to close their branch in Skewen. It serves a large population and is well used.

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"It is vital that all that can be done is done to keep this bank open for business in our village."

Hywel Francis MP said he was bitterly disappointed.

He said: "If it goes ahead it will have a significant effect on the elderly and less well off."

David Rees AM added that the branch provides a vital service and is a focal point in the village.

A Barclays spokesman said the reason for the closure was a decline in customer use since 2008.

He added that customer details would remain the same, and everyday transactions can be carried out at the Post Office.

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  • clive1963  |  June 01 2014, 4:11PM

    good maybe the stupid idiot customers who use the cash point will stop parking on the zig zag lines.

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  • siarad2  |  May 31 2014, 11:03AM

    "everyday transactions can be carried out at the Post Office." . Their letter to me said nothing of this just I'd have to use a Neath Barclays, parking at which is nigh impossible now just imagine after August 1. I've used this branch since 1968 but admittedly less & less as companies force me to use direct debits or be surcharged

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