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Small towns need banks says MP

Caroline Flint is to raise the proposed closure of two NatWest branches with the Minister.

“The closure of NatWest in Bawtry leaves this town with no bank branch; and Thorne is reduced to two branches. I have no confidence in the Government’s protocol on branch closures to stop the tide of local branches disappearing from our small towns.

“That protocol only committed banks to establish with the local community the impact of closure and to find suitable alternative provision. It does not stop branches closing.”

The MP is concerned that NatWest has not developed a dialogue with local businesses and residents before they made up their mind to go ahead with closure.

“It would have been helpful if NatWest had got feedback from the community and local businesses about how to keep banking services in Bawtry and Thorne, long before they announced firm closure dates.”

“I will be tabling questions to Ministers about this matter.”

Said Thorne councillor Mark Houlbrook: "I'm pleased Caroline is taking this up with the Minister.  Thorne and Bawtry are key towns within our borough. Local community banking is key to the future success of these towns, particularly on the high street."

The nearest NatWest branch to Thorne is 10 miles away in Goole.

The nearest NatWest branch to Bawtry is in 9 miles away in Doncaster.


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