Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has spoken of his concern as the Halifax has announced plans to close their Newry City branch.
Mr Irwin said the decision would remove a very valuable local resource from the town and make banking transactions much more difficult with people having to travel to Portadown to access their next nearest Halifax branch.
Mr Irwin stated, “This is yet another blow for customers who want to use a bricks and mortar banking facility in this constituency as the Halifax announces a plan to close their Newry branch.”
He added, “This follows a concerningly long line of similar announcements in recent years from other banking institutions, which have seen banking services removed completely from towns across the constituency. It really is a concern that yet another major banking institution is withdrawing itself this time from Newry city.”
He added, “I have raised my concerns with the Halifax directly and whilst they set out the reasons for the closure as their customer base using online services more and more, I know there are many people who still prefer to use face to face services and will be totally disenfranchised by this service closure. The next nearest branch is 20miles away from the Newry premises which is a significant commute for more elderly consumers.”
He concluded, “This is a negative policy and one which causes many people great inconvenience and I have urged the Halifax to reconsider their decision and continue to provide this face to face service in Newry city.”