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MP urges NatWest to reconsider branch closures

March 23, 2017 2:59 PM

Greg Mulholland, the MP for Leeds North West, has expressed serious concerns about plans announced by NatWest to close two of their Leeds branches, in Adel and Otley.

NatWest has announced that it will be closing both branches, with the Adel Leeds branch closing on 27th September 2017 and the Otley branch closing on 2nd October 2017.

These closures will mean that NatWest customers in Otley would have to travel 5 miles to the nearest alternative branch in Ilkley, while customers in Adel will face a 2.5 mile trip to Headingley.

Customers in both Adel and Otley have already voiced their concerns over the implications of the closure, especially as many elderly people rely on having a local branch, as do local businesses.

Mr Mulholland has written to Ross McEwan, the Chief Executive at RBS, the owners of NatWest, to urge them to reconsider the closures.

August 2015, blankGreg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West said:

"The continued closures of local branches by banks is of huge concern, particularly in Otley, where NatWest have now followed the lead of TSB and HSBC, leaving the people of Otley with even less choice.

"NatWest was already the only bank branch in Adel, and its closure will be a huge loss for the community.

"The continued reasoning that banking habits are changing, whilst true for some people, is entirely false for many, especially elderly and disabled customers.

"I would therefore ask that NatWest seriously reconsiders these closures, taking into account the needs of local residents, and I would urge the bank to keep these valuable local resources open."