Liverpool news Latest bank closure 'another nail in coffin' of busy high street PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - "This place used to be thronging, just look at it now, I've never known it so quiet"
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! People along a Wirral high street say the latest bank branch closure in their town is 'another nail in the coffin' for an area which once used to bustle with customers. Santander recently announced the closure of its Wallasey branch at Liscard Way in Liscard, which will come into effect on July 22. It is the second recent bank closure in the town after Halifax announced it was closing its Coronation Way office last year. While the wider Wallasey area is experiencing something of a property boom and nearby New Brighton's fortunes have been on the rise in recent years, Liscard seems, for many local residents, to be in a state of "terminal" decline. Friends Gill Anderson and Diane Cardin, who are both from Wallasey, say they've seen many changes to the town centre over the years and "none of them good." Gill said: "It was a great place to come and shop years ago but the writing was on the wall when the Littlewoods and the Marks and Spencer went, hard to believe there used to be one here now, it's all charity shops and pound shops now. Local residents say the town's shopping centre is in 'terminal' decline (Image: Lisa Rand/Liverpool ECHO) "I'm not surprised the bank is closing, there's not many people come out here, but it's not just Liscard, it's everywhere." Gill's friend Diane, who recently moved back to the area after living away for 30 years said: "Every time we'd come back we'd see a change, it's sad really. "It used to be so busy here but Liscard's been in trouble for a while now, even before covid, people shop online now." Share your memories of Liscard and other town centres now in decline in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org Gill says that even though Liscard feels a "shadow of what it was" she still thinks it's a friendly area to come shopping. She added: "It's a friendly place, even going round the shops, people stop and have a chat and it's important that, sometimes it's the only time people get to talk." At the bus stop, one 71-year-old man, who asked not to be named, said: "I've lived here all my life and I've seen changes galore. "The bank shutting doesn't affect me as that's not my bank but it's a sign of it all, another nail in the coffin of this town. "There used to be a huge Co-op here and lots of different shops but they've all gone. "People always talk about the Christmas tree, well there was a beautiful roundabout here and they would put a big Christmas display in the middle, it was a proper town centre, but with the one way system and the Cherry Tree centre, the high street's gone here now. "You can see with all the delivery people on mopeds since covid, that's mainly who's been here, it's just not the same place as when I was younger." Another passenger waiting for the bus, Mr. Smith, agreed, saying: "It was the planners, they got it all wrong and this place has been going down hill since they put the one way system in, all you have now is traffic.
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. The bank going, that's to be expected, it's the way things are going now, no good for the likes of us, we don't want to bank online, we like to speak to people."
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Anne Emery, 79, from Poulton shared similar concerns about the bank's closure. She said: "My bank moved last year during lockdown and the nearest one now is Liverpool. My daughter worked there for 37 years and was made redundant. "I think it's a shame, not everyone wants to do it online, I won't. I'll go across to Liverpool if I need to, but a lot of us older folk don't want to travel far to do it, and it's not really taking us into consideration." Anne says she remembers Liscard's busy days but thinks the town centre's decline now is "terminal." She says: "This place used to be thronging, just look at it now. I've never known it so quiet. "I think it's a shame the way the high streets are going, it seems terminal to me here, it's in decline. "I don't know if it will ever pick up again. What we need is more businesses but who's going to come here?" If you live in Wirral and have a story to tell then email email@example.com
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