Last bank in Felpham is soon to close

CUSTOMERS of Barclays in Felpham will lose their branch this summer.

The bank is axing its Felpham Road outlet on August 17 to leave the village without a bank.

The nearest are in Bognor Regis town centre about 1.5 miles away.

Felpham parish councillor Connie Reid has banked with Barclays for about 40 years.

She said: “There were three banks in Felpham when I moved here with my late husband some 34 years ago. Now, we will not be left with a single one. It’s a terrible shame. The closure will not just affect elderly people.

“There are a lot of young mums who don’t want to have to go all the way into Bognor to do some banking.

“The staff in the Felpham branch are excellent. I believe there are five of them and they are all going when it shuts.”

Michael Harvey, a fellow parish council member, said: “The bank closure will have a devastating effect on that part of Felpham.

“A lot of people use that area and the bank will be missed. It will do Felpham a lot of harm.”

He hoped the council would formally protest about the closure at its June meeting.