Concerns over closure of Newhaven’s last bank

Lawrence Steer outside the HSBC in Newhaven High Street

Lawrence Steer outside the HSBC in Newhaven High Street

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A DISABLED man faces an hour-and a-half round trip to go to the bank after the last branch closed in his town.

Lawrence Steer, who uses crutches or a mobility scooter, will no longer be able to make a 15-minute trip to the bank when the HSBC closes in Newhaven High Street.

He faces having to travel to the nearest branch in Seaford after bosses at HSBC announced his local branch will close on September 12.

Mr Steer, of Hillcrest Road, Newhaven, said: “I spoke to the tellers in the bank and they said it was just that the lease is up and HSBC have decided not to renew it.

“It is the last bank in Newhaven and we used to have five banks here and now all we are left with is a Post Office.

The 54-year-old added: “They are encouraging small businesses to the town but they are not going to have anywhere to bank.

“I can do online banking but if I need to go into a branch it will take me 45 minutes there and 45 minutes back to go to the Seaford branch – that is an hour and a half round trip to do a five minute job.

“Newhaven used to be a busy town but now the High Street is becoming derelict with all the shops and now the bank closing.”

HSBC bosses have told The Argus the branch is no longer “commercially viable” and that the decision to close the branch was taken with “great reluctance”.

Norman Baker, MP for the Lewes constituency, which includes Newhaven, has met with bank bosses to ensure residents still received a service.

Mr Baker has said HSBC assured him customers not wishing to access alternative branches will be given access to banking through the Post Office.

He added that he was “disappointed” with the decision and will insist HSBC leave a cash machine in place following the bank’s closure.

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1:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

So he'll still have an ATM for him to use.
So he'll still have an ATM for him to use. stevo!!
  • Score: 1

1:25pm Wed 25 Jun 14

BURIRAM says...

Why would you want to live in a town without a bank, best to move.
Why would you want to live in a town without a bank, best to move. BURIRAM
  • Score: 0

1:49pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Fight_Back says...

Last bank in Newhaven ? Really ?

Barclays Bank
1/2 Newhaven Square
Newhaven
East Sussex
BN9 9QW
Last bank in Newhaven ? Really ? Barclays Bank 1/2 Newhaven Square Newhaven East Sussex BN9 9QW Fight_Back
  • Score: -5

2:01pm Wed 25 Jun 14

seanmacrookk says...

Fight_Back wrote:
Last bank in Newhaven ? Really ?

Barclays Bank
1/2 Newhaven Square
Newhaven
East Sussex
BN9 9QW
yes the last bank in Newhaven there defo is not a Barclays here.

As for the ATM that will go like the other one, which leaves the post office of Sainsburys for withdrawing money. The best thing for Newhaven is to leave the Lewes District as we can tell where all the money is going
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: Last bank in Newhaven ? Really ? Barclays Bank 1/2 Newhaven Square Newhaven East Sussex BN9 9QW[/p][/quote]yes the last bank in Newhaven there defo is not a Barclays here. As for the ATM that will go like the other one, which leaves the post office of Sainsburys for withdrawing money. The best thing for Newhaven is to leave the Lewes District as we can tell where all the money is going seanmacrookk
  • Score: 5

2:03pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Nikski says...

Fight_Back wrote:
Last bank in Newhaven ? Really ?

Barclays Bank
1/2 Newhaven Square
Newhaven
East Sussex
BN9 9QW
Buffoon that's been closed for a long time!
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: Last bank in Newhaven ? Really ? Barclays Bank 1/2 Newhaven Square Newhaven East Sussex BN9 9QW[/p][/quote]Buffoon that's been closed for a long time! Nikski
  • Score: 6

2:05pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Fight_Back says...

Maybe someone should tell Barclays - it was information from their website.
Maybe someone should tell Barclays - it was information from their website. Fight_Back
  • Score: -4

2:51pm Wed 25 Jun 14

albionite says...

"Newhaven used to be a busy town" - when was that? I've known the place since 1979 and its always been a hole since then....
"Newhaven used to be a busy town" - when was that? I've known the place since 1979 and its always been a hole since then.... albionite
  • Score: 5

4:22pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

I can't remember the last time I went into a bank branch, but I am fairly certain it was over 10 years ago.

And in a town the size of Newhaven there will always be people wanting cash so at least one ATM will remain available. The real problem is what to do when it breaks down.
I can't remember the last time I went into a bank branch, but I am fairly certain it was over 10 years ago. And in a town the size of Newhaven there will always be people wanting cash so at least one ATM will remain available. The real problem is what to do when it breaks down. Goldenwight
  • Score: 0

9:01pm Wed 25 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

It is astonishing that a town the size of Newhaven no longer has a bank. There is something wrong with our financial system that this can occur as local banking is of importance to many small businesses.
It is astonishing that a town the size of Newhaven no longer has a bank. There is something wrong with our financial system that this can occur as local banking is of importance to many small businesses. HJarrs
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Wed 25 Jun 14

matlock says...

The fundamental problem is that there is very poor footfall in Newhaven high street, and without customers, retailers cannot survive. The massive drop-off is almost entirely down to allowing Sainsbury's to build a superstore on their doorstep which robbed the town of a significant proportion of customers. For most small businesses, it only takes a small reduction in sales to take them below break-even, so the introduction of a giant competitor destroyed many businesses. The Newhaven Town Council and others only have themselves to blame for killing the town. It is currently in a downward vortex that it cannot possibly recover from.
The fundamental problem is that there is very poor footfall in Newhaven high street, and without customers, retailers cannot survive. The massive drop-off is almost entirely down to allowing Sainsbury's to build a superstore on their doorstep which robbed the town of a significant proportion of customers. For most small businesses, it only takes a small reduction in sales to take them below break-even, so the introduction of a giant competitor destroyed many businesses. The Newhaven Town Council and others only have themselves to blame for killing the town. It is currently in a downward vortex that it cannot possibly recover from. matlock
  • Score: 10

10:40pm Wed 25 Jun 14

mangothecat says...

The town centre is a hole now but I think the idiot from the council transport department that re-designed the one-way system 10 years plus ago is more to blame than Sainsbury's.
The town centre is a hole now but I think the idiot from the council transport department that re-designed the one-way system 10 years plus ago is more to blame than Sainsbury's. mangothecat
  • Score: 6

12:16pm Thu 26 Jun 14

tykemison says...

Could be worse, it could be peacehaven!!
Could be worse, it could be peacehaven!! tykemison
  • Score: 6

11:47pm Fri 4 Jul 14

keeshond8 says...

mangothecat wrote:
The town centre is a hole now but I think the idiot from the council transport department that re-designed the one-way system 10 years plus ago is more to blame than Sainsbury's.
Quite agree, although Sainsbury's enlargement hasn't helped. The inner ring road junction with traffic from the swing bridge has been an additional disaster for Newhaven and its district and town councillors (some of the latter aren't even elected) have paid no attention to the town's resulting deterioration.
Newhaven's representatives on East Sussex County Council have done nothing to improve the situation and over the years have rarely if ever attended meetings of the transport committee, let alone petition for improvements.
Try starting a business there and see if you get a single visit from any of the same tired old faces from the council who have looked on and, like the local MP, are "disappointed." And when the Post Office closes..........?
[quote][p][bold]mangothecat[/bold] wrote: The town centre is a hole now but I think the idiot from the council transport department that re-designed the one-way system 10 years plus ago is more to blame than Sainsbury's.[/p][/quote]Quite agree, although Sainsbury's enlargement hasn't helped. The inner ring road junction with traffic from the swing bridge has been an additional disaster for Newhaven and its district and town councillors (some of the latter aren't even elected) have paid no attention to the town's resulting deterioration. Newhaven's representatives on East Sussex County Council have done nothing to improve the situation and over the years have rarely if ever attended meetings of the transport committee, let alone petition for improvements. Try starting a business there and see if you get a single visit from any of the same tired old faces from the council who have looked on and, like the local MP, are "disappointed." And when the Post Office closes..........? keeshond8
  • Score: 1

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