Update 29th March 2016
Simon Baynes recently spoke at the Welsh Conservative conference in Llangollen, where he brought national attention to the HSBC closures in Chirk and Ruabon.
Simon has also recently sent out another update to all 700 banking survey respondents, informing them of recent developments between himself and HSBC.
In the update, Simon put's forward his analysis of those who returned the banking survey, which highlights to HSBC, the collective concerns such closures will have on our constituency.
You can view the letter and analysis by clicking HERE.
22nd January 2016
Simon Baynes, Welsh Conservative Assembly Candidate for Clwyd South, met with representatives of HSBC yesterday who agreed to Simon’s suggestion that the bank should attend Chirk Town Council and Ruabon Community Council meetings to discuss the branch closures.
The meeting with HSBC yesterday was also attended by County Cllr Joan Lowe (Penycae and Ruabon South) and County Cllr Terry Evans (Chirk South) and the depth of concern of the two communities about the branch closures was strongly communicated to the bank.
The meeting also focused on discussing the 30 key questions raised by people who attended the recent Public Meetings in Chirk and Ruabon and by over 350 residents who replied to Simon Baynes’ Community Banking Survey (the questions are attached to this Press Release). HSBC said that they are going to provide more detailed answers to the 30 questions and, in particular, agreed that more work needs to be done on ensuring a robust service offering from the Post Office.
Simon Baynes said:
“I am pleased that HSBC immediately agreed to attend the Chirk Town Council and Ruabon Community Council meetings, hopefully on Wednesday next week. In a difficult situation like this, it is extremely important that local residents and businesses have as much opportunity as possible to express their concerns and ask questions.
HSBC now has the 30 key questions about the branch closures which were raised at the two recent Public Meetings and we look forward to their detailed answers to these questions.
Full, open and transparent communication is vital and I would urge people to contact the bank directly with their concerns. You can email Martin Lyons (Area Director, Business Banking for North Wales) on email@example.com or ring Nikki Sears (Wrexham Branch Manager) on 03455 847024. If you have problems, please don’t hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and 07880786573 and I will contact HSBC on your behalf.”