Council to hold meeting over bank closure

HSBC in South Cave is set to close, after thieves used a JCB to rip the cash machine from the bank in February.
HSBC in South Cave is set to close, after thieves used a JCB to rip the cash machine from the bank in February.

Parish councillors in South Cave will meet with representatives from HSBC in a bid to convince them not to close the village’s only bank.

HSBC has announced that it does not plan to-re-open the branch in South Cave, on Market Place, which was forced to close in February after thieves used a JCB digger to steal the village’s only cash machine.

South Cave Parish Council will hold a meeting with HSBC representatives next week, which residents will not be allowed to attend.

Linda Turner, chairperson of the parish council, is not hopeful that HSBC will change its mind. She said: “We are having a meeting with some chaps from HSBC’s head office. They will meet the parish council to discuss it next week so we are aiming to change their minds but we are not hopeful.”

She added: “Residents are really disappointed, we don’t have a very good bus service in South Cave so elderly people, if they need to go to the bank will be totally disadvantaged if they don’t have a car.”

HSBC has said individual customers will be able to withdraw cash and check their balance at the local post office.

Emma Fahy, media relations manager at HSBC, said: “We assessed and tried to repair the damage. Unfortunately, the damage is much worse than we originally thought, and we’ve taken the difficult decision not to re-open the branch.

“Decisions like this are never easy, but we are working with the small number of customers who use the branch to help them reorganise their finances.

“They are able to use the South Cave Post Office, and subject to planning permission will be installing a fee-free ATM.”

Members of staff who worked at the bank will be transferred to other HSBC branches in the area.

Three men who were arrested in connection with the raid were released on bail.

A Humberside Police spokesperson said: “Enquiries are ongoing and no one has been charged in connection with the incident.”