Traders Say NatWest Branch Closure "Another Blow to Acomb"
2:52pm 21st March 2014
Traders have told Minster FM plans to close the Acomb branch of NatWest are "devastating" and "another blow to Acomb".
Customers of the bank have been sent letters informing them the NatWest branch will close on June 11th.
A NatWest spokesperson said:
“More and more of our customers are using alternative ways to bank with us, such as online and telephone banking, or using their mobile phone. As a result, we’ve seen the number of people using the branch fall significantly over the last few years and we’ve made the difficult decision to close the York Accomb branch on 11 June 2014.
“We’ve advised staff and we’re writing to our customers to make them aware of the different ways they can bank with us. If customers are concerned about how this will impact their banking, they can go into the branch where staff will be happy to discuss the alternative options available.”
But it comes as a blow to local businesses who have been encouraging more local people to shop in Acomb.
It's the second bank to shut it's doors in Acomb in the last year as Barclays closed it's branch in the neighbourhood in January.
York Council approved £30,000 to improve Acomb last October, with £24,000 spent on renovating Front Street and £6,000 for a series of events to promote the neighbourhood as a shopping destination.
Sue Hunter, who runs Elegance Florists and is the chair of traders' group Acomb Alive, says the NatWest closure risks un-doing all the hard work being done to improve the area.
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