Concern over plans to close Silsden's NatWest Bank branch

Stuart Rowland of Walker Foster solicitors, outside the Silsden branch of the NatWest Bank, which is being closed

Stuart Rowland of Walker Foster solicitors, outside the Silsden branch of the NatWest Bank, which is being closed

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by

PLANS to close Silsden's NatWest Bank branch this autumn have sparked an angry reaction from local people.

The bank has announced that the Kirkgate premises will close on November 18, blaming falling levels of demand.

A NatWest spokesman said: "The number of transactions taking place in this branch has fallen by 23 per cent over the last few years. It is only open for 18 hours and only 30 customers use it on a weekly basis."

People opposing the closure say the loss of this branch will have a serious impact on people who rely on it.

Stuart Rowland, partner at neighbouring firm Walker Foster solicitors, said: "It'll be a major inconvenience for us and for many other businesses and individuals in the town.

"It's the only bank left in Silsden, and we have a huge balance with them.

"It will be a big blow to us if we no longer have access to a local bank where we can pay in funds and have our other banking requirements dealt with."

Craven Ward councillor Adrian Naylor said: "I'm very concerned about what's going to happen.

"I know that by November NatWest are hoping to have an arrangement where their customers can pay in and take money out of the local post office. But this won't be handling more complex transactions."

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9:08am Thu 28 Aug 14

Joedavid says...

"Stuart Rowland, partner at neighbouring firm Walker Foster solicitors, said: "It'll be a major inconvenience for us and for many other businesses and individuals in the town."
But only 30 customers use it the article says.
"Stuart Rowland, partner at neighbouring firm Walker Foster solicitors, said: "It'll be a major inconvenience for us and for many other businesses and individuals in the town." But only 30 customers use it the article says. Joedavid
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9:22am Thu 28 Aug 14

Not so simple says...

Banks are like snakes : they only want to make profits even if they are publicly bailed out. No morals, no ethics just profit driven. I for one will not miss bankers or banks as they are all leeches feeding on the masses.
Banks are like snakes : they only want to make profits even if they are publicly bailed out. No morals, no ethics just profit driven. I for one will not miss bankers or banks as they are all leeches feeding on the masses. Not so simple
  • Score: -1

10:57am Thu 28 Aug 14

Albion. says...

If the figures are accurate I'm surprised it's still open.
If the figures are accurate I'm surprised it's still open. Albion.
  • Score: 3

2:14pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Out of site says...

It's leaky petes fault.
It's leaky petes fault. Out of site
  • Score: 1

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