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Selwyn Times: November 28, 2017

Selwyn Times: November 28,

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017 Locally Owned GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Our People Staying true to the green way after leaving top role at Envirotown Page 14 Page 16 Summer of cricket Weedons drops down one-day table 0800 726 724 Plan to close Lincoln bank Westpac cites falling visitors to branch as reason • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding POOR PATRONAGE at Westpac’s branch in Lincoln has led to its planned closure. It is in consultation with staff with the intention of closing the branch by February 20. A Westpac spokeswoman told Selwyn Times while it was aware of the township’s population increase, “certainly from a branch point of view it has just become very quiet”. But it would not make any further comments on the branch’s decline in patronage. “We are talking to staff at the moment. Until that process is complete and we have got their feedback, we don’t have any further comment to make,” the spokeswoman said. Lincoln’s population is projected to grow to 9190 by 2025. It comes after Westpac said population shifts as a result of the earthquakes and an increase in online transactions was the reason for the proposed closure of several Christchurch branches, including Lincoln. If the closure goes ahead, Westpac would look to transfer affected staff to other branches and an ATM would remain in POTENTIAL CLOSURE: Westpac Lincoln may close as a result of low patronage. PHOTO: ANDREW KING the township. Online transactions have increased by 66 per cent in five years while customers using mobile-only devices has increased from 24 to 39 per cent in the last two years. Lincoln businesses and the public have criticised the closure plan. The proposal comes at a time when commercial developments are beginning to boom in Lincoln with work under way at Vernon Drive and Rosemerryn. Lincoln Club president and Grant Miller Hammer Hardware owner Lynn Townsend said it is a significant loss to the town. But he said it probably comes due to a fragmentation caused by commercial hubs spread all over Lincoln. His late mother Marion Townsend campaigned for the Canterbury Savings Bank to move to Lincoln which Westpac took over. “Westpac took over and carried on,” he said. Lincoln Hair Design owner Diane Clark was gutted to hear about the closure and it would not help bring more people into the township. “I don’t understand what their motives are to be quite honest,” she said. The Lincoln Pantry owner Phillippa Boa said it will be a shame to see a business go, but she believed another business would step into its place It has been seen as a disappointing move by Selwyn Amy Adams MP Amy Adams, district councillors and the Lincoln Community Committee. Ms Adams said she has spoken directly to the bank to advise it of her disappointment. District councillor Grant Miller said he is extremely disappointed, but “to be fair to Westpac it has been in the community for a long time in a positive way”. Malcolm Lyall “I guess I am hoping the other banks might see the opportunity now that there is some space available to support Lincoln,” he said. Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall said Lincoln has a large elderly population and people, including himself, like face-to-face banking. Age Concern Canterbury chief executive Simon Templeton said it further isolates people and impacts the older age range. ASB and Kiwibank are the only permanent bank outlets remaining in the township. Kiwibank Lincoln would not comment on the closure. An ASB Lincoln spokeswoman said the bank relocated its portacom branch within the town after negotiating a new lease and is continuing to invest in the Canterbury region. WE REPORT THE FACTS! 15 new residents every week * 3000 residents now living here 1300 sections sold 1000 new homes built 200 homes currently under construction 14 FHN LIVE parks and reserves completed Faringdon’s numbers are growing. The stats stack up. Rolleston is the fastest growing town in NZ with the most buoyant local economy. It’s here you will find Canterbury’s most sought after residential development. Fact is, Faringdon is an overwhelming success and the community is flourishing. Be part of the success story - come out and do the math; bottom line is you’ll find you’re home. New stage 23 now selling. Sections 400 to 907m 2 from $166,000. Call Bruce Harvey 0800 667 849 or visit Visit our info centre, corner Goulds and East Maddisons Rds. Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm - 4pm. FHN LIVE Faringdon Home News Team You’re home. FRD31662-90x263