Bank set to close in March

PUBLISHED: 09:14 23 January 2015 | UPDATED: 09:14 23 January 2015

Natwest Bank, Yatton.

Natwest Bank, Yatton.


NATWEST has announced it will close its branch in Yatton later this year, leading to fears within the community that the village's future is at risk.

Hundreds of new homes have been earmarked for Yatton, however news that a bank will close has prompted concern about how it will cope with fewer services.

NatWest will shut its bank in Pages Court on March 17. Wrington’s bank suffered the same fate earlier this month.

Yatton parish councillor Rhiannon Prys-Owen fears what the closure will do to the village.

She said: “I think the precinct looks to be dying. We want to be regenerating this area.

“If the bank closes, what vision have we for the village? If it closes, then what will be next?”

NatWest says its move has been prompted because not enough people are using the branch.

A spokesman said the rising popularity of mobile and internet banking had led to habits changing, and a high street branch is no longer as popular as it once was.

David Crossman, chairman of the parish council, said: “It is an asset to the village. There are more houses coming so we need more facilities.

“The bank should be a service to its customers, not just about profit-making.”

The Post Office, in High Street, will offer some banking facilities, once the bank closes.

Yatton Parish Council will write to NatWest to request a meeting. Members also voted to contact Dr Liam Fox MP with their concerns.

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