Residents in the Ruthin area need assurances that they will continue to be able to access banking services following the closure of their NatWest bank next year. That was the message given to senior NatWest Managers in an emergency meeting organised by Llyr Gruffydd AM this week.
It came as Mr Gruffydd and the local Plaid Cymru branch launched a petition to save Ruthin NatWest branch.
Llyr Gruffydd held the meeting with senior NatWest managers to express the concerns of communities across north Wales, following the news that they were planning to close branches across the region next year.
The Plaid Cymru AM said, “A great many people have contacted me concerned about their ability to access banking services in the event of their local branch closing. Businesses, charities, and individuals are all concerned about the prospect. I was given assurances that the Post Office will expand their banking services next year which is a step in the right direction.
“However I continue to have reservations. The FSB report published earlier this year pointed out, when branches have closed in the past incorrect information has been given regarding some Post Offices ability to deal with certain banking services. We also know that small businesses lose out considerably when local bank branches close with less loans provided. This could stunt a business’s growth or result in a business having to relocate.
“We have not had all the answers yet, and I will continue to challenge NatWest to ensure that the people of Ruthin area do not lose out.”
People wishing to sign the petition can do so in a number of shops in Ruthin, or online: https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/cadw-natwest-rhuthun-save-ruthin-natwest.html