The Petersfield branch of TSB, at 29 High Street, will close on 8 April, 2021.
This follows an announcement by the bank this morning which confirmed it was to close 164 of its branches and cut 960 jobs, blaming “a significant shift in customer behaviour” as more customers bank online.
The news will come as a further disappointment to the town’s residents who are already reeling at a swathe of store and office closures in the town centre.
Update: In an official statement, issued to the media, TSB says: “We’ve looked carefully at our Petersfield branch at 29 High Street, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3JR and how it is used, and we’ve taken the decision to close it. The way customers bank with us is rapidly evolving with the vast majority of everyday transactions now being done digitally.
“Over 2.1 million of our customers now choose to bank online, and over 1.3 million use our Mobile Banking App. Even prior to COVID-19 customers were choosing other ways to bank with us, with 50% using services at our cash machines, and 20% using a Post Office®. Over 190,000 customers have been supported through our new online chat service, helping them with queries and other services.
“67% of all our customers are now using mobile, online or telephone banking, and at this branch 74% of our personal and 93% of our business customers, now choose to use another branch or channel instead. We need to make sure our branches meet the current and future needs of our customers, and TSB remains committed to face to face services in branch through a network that covers the whole country.
“In Hampshire we will still have 4 branches serving 89,266 customers. This Branch Review explains how we can support you through the changes and the alternative services you can use.”
The bank suggests Petersfield customers now use the branches at Alton or Chichester. To find the branch most convenient for you, go to tsb.co.uk/branch-locator.
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Another local school has announced that one of its students has tested positive for Covid-19.
Bohunt School has told parents that a Year 11 pupil has tested positive and that a small number of students have been instructed to self-isolate.
Head of school Neil Pittaway has written to parents. He says he knows that parents may find this concerning, but that the school is continuing to monitor the situation and is working closely with Public Health England.
There’s new hope for local people who are looking for work.
Job Centre Plus is hosting an online jobs fair via Twitter.
The event runs on Wednesday October 7th between 2-3pm. The jobs posted will be based in the East Hampshire and Havant area and anyone seeking employment will be able to search for jobs using the hashtag #EHantsHavantJobs
If you have a vacancy you would like to promote, you can email email@example.com
Bin calendars for East Hampshire residents are now available online.
East Hampshire District Council has declared a climate emergency and as one small step towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the council will not be sending paper bin calendars to every home this year. The council estimates that this will save around 325kg of carbon each year by reducing paper usage and fuel used for distribution.
Collection days will not change, and the calendars will follow the same pattern as the previous year, with the only changes around bank holidays and the Christmas period. Customers who are used to the pattern their collections take may not need a calendar at all.
Details of changes over the Christmas period will be included in the next edition of Partners magazine.
To find out more visit: www.easthants.gov.uk/bin-calendars
One of the first Covid restaurant closures in Petersfield is finally over.
Annie Jones Restaurant is reopening today following an extended closure since March.
The restaurant is a Lavant Street mainstay and had hoped to open sooner.
However, its managers say they have spent the time working to ensure all staff and customers are safe at all times. A number of changes are in place including adjusted food service times, in line with new government regulations.
The Festival Hall on Heath Road will be lit in red this evening.
The #LightitInRed campaign has been organised to show solidarity for those who work in and around and provide supplies and services for the entertainment industry.
The Petersfield act of solidarity is being organised and carried out by the Green A Team, a local charity that provides technical theatre support and expertise for local performance and events groups who hire the Festival Hall.
There are road closures in East Meon near All Saint Church, while SE Water repairs a burst main. SSE electrical works have moved up the old A3 to the Adhurst junction. There are diversions around the junction with the A272 there.
And there are potential delays expected in Buriton on Kiln Lane whilst Network Rail carries out bridge inspections and on the Rogate Road/A272 junction while SSE continue to upgrade new underground circuits.
Traffic limitations remain in place around the centre of town with cycles and buses only between the Square and Chapel Street and lots of closed parking bays.
The P pod is your weekly magazine programme with the voices and stories of Petersfield people.
This week, presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey invite themselves along to Annie Jones restaurant, in Lavant Street, which reopens on Wednesday, 30 September. There they meet the restaurant’s Caroline Pring and Paul Setford, and discuss the reopening, the closing and the changes enforced upon them.
A longer version of the interview will be posted on the website separately.
Clacey also chat with Shine Radio presenter Laura Sheppard, who talks about her upcoming arts show; the station’s co-founder, Dave Bowers, explains why Petersfield Community Radio has launched a crowdfunding appeal; there’s a Wilde Walk from Suzie Wilde; the Petersfield Post‘s Jon Walker flirts gratuitously with Joff; and there’s music from local singer-songwriter Vic Cracknell.
This week’s P pod was recorded on the evening of Monday, 28 September, and was produced and edited by Dave Bowers.