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Meads customers launch petition to save village bank

Peter Morrow holding a petition against the closure of Natwest Bank. SUS-140528-142121001

Peter Morrow holding a petition against the closure of Natwest Bank. SUS-140528-142121001

A petition has been launched in a bid to stop the only bank in Meads from closing its doors.

Shoppers and residents are being urged to sign the document, which has been placed in the village’s stores and pubs following the decision for NatWest to close its doors.

The petition, set up by traders, the Meads Community Association (MCA) and the Meads Neighbourhood Panel, comes after a meeting was held by the MCA. Its members are calling for a consultation to be carried out.

In a letter MCA’s chair Dennis Scard, wrote, “It would be helpful for NatWest to agree a postponement of the closure prior to: a consultation with businesses, customers and the local community, completion of NatWest’s refurbishment of the town centre branch and a feasibility study into the Co-op Post Office capacity to deliver proposed additional banking services.”

Peter Morrow, who runs Meads Laundromat, said of the closure, “It’s going to be so inconvenient for residents, a lot of whom are elderly and will have to go to town and pay to park or get a taxi.

“Traders in Meads will have the same problem, a lot use the branch here to bank their takings.”

NatWest said it had made the ‘difficult decision’ to pull out of Meads because the branch only had 49 regular customers and that over its whole branch network there had been a 30 per cent drop in branch transactions since 2010.

 

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