Stop the closure of Natwest Emsworth, the last bank in our town
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Emsworth is a bustling coastal town on the south coast of Hampshire, with a thriving independent high street of predominantly locally-owned businesses. It is a town like no other, but sadly has seen the closure of a number of our local banks, with Natwest being the last bank standing. It has recently been announced that Natwest intend to close the Emsworth branch in June 2017, leaving not only our local business owners without a local banking branch, but also meaning thousands of local residents are now faced with making the journey to Havant or Chichester in order to carry out day to day banking. For those without transport, the elderly and the infirm, this will create huge problems and have serious repercussions. Not only this, but this also heralds the closure of one of only three remaining cash machines in Emsworth. Following the closure of Barclays Bank in 2015, local business owners were advised by Natwest that should we change our banking to Natwest, they would not close the Emsworth branch. They have now reneged on this and are set to leave us without a readily accessible bank.
The short-sighted decision of Natwest to close this branch sends out a message that our thriving Emsworth economy is not enough to warrant a local bank, which is not the case. The British Bankers' Association protocol requires banks to work with local communities to establish the impact of a branch closures before they close, and Natwest has not consulted the local community or local groups and associations before coming to this decision.
This bank provides a pivotal role to the local economy, and provides a vital service to Emsworth residents. We are lobbying the Government to intervene and persuade the chief executive of NatWest to overturn their decision to close this branch. We have been in touch with local MP Alan Mak who we have a good working relationship with, and whohas always supported the Emsworth Business Association. He is already lobbying NatWest with us on this issue, and will help us deliver a joint petition to NatWest in due course. We have also been in contact with the Natwest CEO to try and reverse their decision, but we urge you to lend your voice to our campaign to prevent Natwest from abandoning our community.
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