Rasen’s NatWest bank in controversial closure

Sir Edward Leigh outside the NatWest Bank
Sir Edward Leigh outside the NatWest Bank

Market Rasen’s NatWest bank has closed its doors for the final time - despite a campaign by the MP to keep it open.

Back in May NatWest announced plans to close its branches in Market Rasen and Caistor.

The bank blamed changing customer use, saying the number of transactions at the Rasen branch had dropped 17 per cent since 2011, with just 76 customers using the branch on a regular weekly basis.

When the closures were announced MP Sir Edward Leigh objected strenuously to the planned changes and demanded a meeting with NatWest chairman Sir Philip Hampton to discuss the implications.

Sir Edward told the Rasen Mail the branches were “important” for residents and that their closure would be “a source of great inconvenience”.

But NatWest chiefs defended their plans saying the decision had not been taken lightly and that a mobile branch would be introduced.

The Market Rasen branch closed on September 1 and Caistor on August 25.