Caistor’s NatWest bank yesterday closed its doors for the final time after more than 100 years in the town.
The bank announced the closure back in May blaming a drop in transactions.
But the news left many residents concerned as the move now leaves Caistor without a bank.
NatWest said the Caistor branch had seen a 16 per cent drop-off in use since 2011, with just 36 customers using the branch every week.
The county councillor for Caistor, Tony Turner, even wrote to NatWest’s head of commerical services for Lincolnshire, Pat Doody, raising concerns about plans to close the bank.
Coun Turner said the closure will have a “significant and detrimental” impact on Caistor and the surrounding communities.
His letter said: “Our clear starting point is that we do not believe that the bank should be closed.”
He went on to say that should the bank go ahead with its plan, it must consider the vacant property and access to banking services.
He said: “There is a risk that the closure of the bank will lead to an empty property and I ask you to ensure that the property is maintained in an attractive way.”
He added: “I would urge you to monitor usage of the mobile bank... and to consider increasing the amount of time that the mobile bank spends in Caistor if the figures suggest that would be useful.”
NatWest plans to close its Market Rasen branch on September 1.
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