Traders in High Road, Harrow Weald launch campaign to stop Natwest bank closure

Shopkeepers unite to stop bank closure

Shopkeepers unite to stop bank closure

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Concerns have been raised about proposals to close a high street’s last remaining bank.

NatWest, in High Road, Harrow Weald, is set to close in July, which has sparked a petition from customers and traders.

The bank is the last in the high street and the nearest other branch is just over a mile and a half away in Harrow town centre.

One shop opposing bank's closure is the Harrow Weald Dental Practice. Receptionist Binu Lamichhane said: “This is a very important issue to a lot of the traders and residents here.

“People want their bank to be local and for us and our business it is important to have a bank close by.

“We are customer of NatWest and the nearest branch is in Harrow town centre, which is not convenient at all.”

Labour parliamentary candidate for Harrow East Uma Kumaran said: "Losing the last bank in Harrow Weald would be a real blow to our community and all the local businesses and residents who rely on it.

"NatWest call themselves the helpful bank but they're not listening to the traders in Harrow Weald who want the bank to stay.”

"I'm also concerned about the impact this will have to our high street and what will replace it if it does go.

“The last thing Harrow needs is more payday lenders or betting shops, but thanks to this Tory government's planning free-for-all, it has become harder for local councils to oppose them and protect our high street.

“I’ve spoken to local traders and residents alike, they’re all calling for the bank to stay and so am I.”

A spokesman for Natwest said footfall and transactions at the bank have fallen by 18 per cent in the past few years as people are turning to online banking.

As a result they had to make the “difficult decision to close the branch”.

The bank says it will be taking a number of measures to ensure its customers can still access to their bank services including agreeing an arrangement with the nearby Post Office branch.

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1:14pm Wed 21 May 14

SeaBee says...

"The bank says it will be taking a number of measures to ensure its customers can still access to their bank services including agreeing an arrangement with the nearby Post Office branch."

Where might that be? Do they mean the one opposite that closed many years ago?
"The bank says it will be taking a number of measures to ensure its customers can still access to their bank services including agreeing an arrangement with the nearby Post Office branch." Where might that be? Do they mean the one opposite that closed many years ago? SeaBee
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2:21pm Wed 21 May 14

betty64 says...

NatWest claim that they will not close a branch when it si the last in an area or community. What haapened to this claim when it came to the community in Harrow Weald?
NatWest claim that they will not close a branch when it si the last in an area or community. What haapened to this claim when it came to the community in Harrow Weald? betty64
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10:49am Wed 28 May 14

jackdaw says...

This closure will disadvantage those who do not use the internet for their banking. The groups that will probably be disadvantaged are the older generation and those with mobility problems. The older people will have probably had bank accounts with NatWest for many years.

How does supposedly community caring bank repay them for their loyalty? It makes them travel to NatWest in Central Harrow to join an ever lengthening queue.

It reduces the number of pleasant staff at Harrow Weald that have been helpful and pleasant to customers.

Hang your head in shame NatWest and put your money where your mouth is and provide a banking service in Harrow Weald. Stop paying lip service to the word "community" and insulting your customers by your hypocrisy
This closure will disadvantage those who do not use the internet for their banking. The groups that will probably be disadvantaged are the older generation and those with mobility problems. The older people will have probably had bank accounts with NatWest for many years. How does supposedly community caring bank repay them for their loyalty? It makes them travel to NatWest in Central Harrow to join an ever lengthening queue. It reduces the number of pleasant staff at Harrow Weald that have been helpful and pleasant to customers. Hang your head in shame NatWest and put your money where your mouth is and provide a banking service in Harrow Weald. Stop paying lip service to the word "community" and insulting your customers by your hypocrisy jackdaw
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