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Clwyd South AM wants assurances over HSBC closures

An Assembly Member has called on banking giant HSBC to give assurances to customers in Chirk and Ruabon.

Clwyd South AM Ken Skates held an emergency meeting with the company earlier this month after it was revealed ‘the world’s local bank’ wanted to shut its two remaining branches in his constituency.

Mr Skates has demanded commitments, saying it’s the least HSBC can do after turning its back on the area.

The Labour AM said: “I share residents’ anger over HSBC’s decision to close its branches in Chirk and also in Ruabon, which is my local bank. They are rightly furious.

“So many people rely on these two branches, and they are also vital for local businesses and community groups.

“I have already met with HSBC and asked for certain assurances if the closures are forced through in spite of huge public opposition, and secured a promise that a free-to-use cashpoint will remain in Ruabon.

“I will continue to do all I can to keep vital banking facilities and cashpoints in our area, and have this week requested written confirmation that meaningful concessions will be made. It’s the very least the company can do given the way they’ve treated their customers in Clwyd South.”

The closures – which follow HSBC shutting branches in Cefn Mawr, Corwen, Llangollen and Rhos – would leave Clwyd South with only one bank.