A Bridington bank has closed its doors after nesting seagulls caused ‘a major leak’ through the roof of the building.
The TSB branch, which is based on the corner of Manor Street and Beck Hill, has been closed since Monday (9 August) this week, with customers being asked to travel to Beverley.
A sign, pinned to the door of the branch says: “ Due to nesting seagulls on the roof, this has caused a major leak in the branch. So for the safety of our customers we have had to close the branch until further notice. Nearest branch is Beverley. We apologise for any inconvenience. Pay ins can be made via the ATM’S & Post Office.”
A spokesman for TSB said in a statement to to the Echo: “We apologise that we have had to temporarily close our Bridlington branch for the safety of our customers and branch staff. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as we can and would like to thank our customers for their patience.”
However a local businessman, who is a customer of TSB, was annoyed by the closure and the inconvenience it had caused him.
Mark Bates, who is the owner of the Three Bs Micropub which is based on Marshall Avenue – around 50 metres from the Bridlington TSB branch, claims that the temporary closure is a way of hastening the permanent closure of the bank.
He said: “I am aware banks – including TSB – have a programme of try to close as many branches as possible.
“ It is concerning that they seem to be using Seagulls as an excuse for the prompt closure of the branch, and it is extremely disappointing that TSB fail to recognise that by just suggesting you should use other facilities in the town how badly they are letting down the community.
“It appears they have failed to make sure the building is suitably maintained against seagulls, perhaps they are not aware of the existence of seagulls at a seaside town.
“It is not acceptable to leave customers high and dry.”