Following NatWest Bank’s decision to close their Keyworth and Radcliffe-on-Trent branches on 11th March, councillors from both villages held meetings with NatWest representatives to see if there was a way forward. Keyworth’s petition of 1,474 signatures was handed over.
Keyworth councilor Sam Boote has lent his support to the campaign and told The Local News: “Regrettably there was no agreement and nothing was offered by NatWest to enable their customers to access their bank easily and in their preferred manner.
“Many of the customers have banked with NatWest for over 50 years and feel badly let down. They can’t all go to West Bridgford to do their banking and many of them don’t want to use online or telephone banking.
“They feel comfortable when dealing with human beings in a bank branch. Our local post office – which NatWest is assuming to be a possible alternative for banking services – is small and cramped.
“There is no commitment even to leave us with a cash machine. Local businesses are also going to have a difficult time.”
Surveys carried out by local people have revealed a healthy level of business at the Keyworth branch, but NatWest still seem set to go ahead with their decision to close both branches.
Representatives of Keyworth and Radcliffe will soon be seeing Ken Clarke MP to see if there is any way forward.
Sam Boote added: “The banks recently promised the government they would not leave rural communities without a branch, but they are now reneging on this promise.”
Photo credit: Ian Francis.