RESIDENTS are losing out yet again after the last remaining bank in Queensferry is set to close, a councillor has said.

Barclays Bank in Queensferry has said it will be closing its doors on December 14, leaving the area without a bank.

The closest Barclays branch will be in Flint, with only two being left in the whole of Flintshire after the Queensferry branch closes.

Councillor Christine Jones, of the Sealand ward, is dismayed at the decision to the close the bank.

She said: “It’s the only one left in the area and it’s so sad, a lot of residents use it because it’s the only actual bank within walking distance. Now they will have to go to Shotton.

“It’s hard enough walking to Queensferry when you’re elderly, never mind Shotton. I’m upset about it obviously, it’s another thing our residents are losing, and I feel for them.

“It’s all about online banking but elderly people don’t use or trust computers. They like to have that personal contact, it’s awful because people still need to talk. They like to ask questions and now they will have no one to ask, it’s a nightmare.

“I know they have to save money and that’s the way it’s going unfortunately but it’s another empty shop and another loss for the community.”

Ramona Enfield, Barclays community banking director for the area, said: “The way customers undertake their banking is changing as people increasingly use online, telephone and mobile devices. At Barclays Queensferry branch, customer usage has continued to decline, which is why we have taken the difficult decision to close it.

''We hope that the availability of our other Barclays branches at Flint and Mold and access to banking services at the local Post Office currently located at 55 Station Road, Queensferry, along with our range of digital channels will help to ease the transition for our customers.”