‘Scrap closure plan’ - councillor urges bank

Caistor market place EMN-150625-142813001
Caistor market place EMN-150625-142813001

The county councillor for Caistor has written to a top Natwest manager raising concerns about plans to close the bank.

Coun Tony Turner has contacted NatWest’s head of commerical services for Lincolnshire stating the bank’s plan to close the Caistor branch will have a “significant and detrimental” impact on Caistor and the surrounding communities.

Coun Turner told Pat Doody: “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 Caistor branch on August 25 and Market Rasen on September 1.

The bank blames a drop in transactions. It says Caistor has seen a 16 per cent drop-off in branch use since 2011, with just 36 customers currently using the branch every week.