Bank for sale or let

Bank for sale © Southampton Old Lady
Bank for sale © Southampton Old Lady

More than 600 bank branches have closed across the UK in the last year, with rural areas worst affected, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

The banks said that demand for branches was falling, as more people switch to banking online.

I have avoided online banking until now. Having had my identity stolen and time and money wasted (over 10 years) trying to rectify it, I find it difficult to trust anything on a website or mobile phone and prefer to go into a bank.

It doesn’t matter if it is not face to face – they had machines and ATMs I could use.

My daughter does all her banking with an app via her mobile (cell phone). She rarely uses cash at all.

Portswood Road in a suburb of Southampton (pictured above) had six bank branches up until a year ago. Now there is just one NatWest office – not even a proper branch which have announced that will only open weekdays from 10am to 2pm.

Bank buildings have ended up as cafe’s or off-licenses (liquor stores).

The data – obtained by BBC Breakfast – came from the big six High Street banks and the closures all took place between April 2015 and April 2016.

So how do people bank where you are?