Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, and John Morris, Welsh Lib Dem Cllr for Crickhowell have vowed to campaign against the closure of the NatWest Branch in Crickhowell following today’s announcement that the branch is to close in November.
If it goes ahead, the closure will leave the town without an out-of-hours cashpoint.
Kirsty and Cllr Morris have been in touch with the bank asking for an urgent meeting with NatWest officials to ask them to rethink the closure.
Commenting, Kirsty Williams, AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:
"This announcement is very bad news for residents and businesses in the area. These banks have a duty of care to customers who set up accounts with the expectation that there will be a local branch to visit. Often, the people who use these branches will be elderly or not have access to internet banking.
"The loss of an out of hours cash point will also be a major blow to the many excellent pubs and restaurants in and around the town. Cllr Morris and I have already been in contact with officials at NatWest and we are hoping to meet them early next week to urge them to reconsider this terrible decision."
John Morris, Welsh Lib Dem Cllr for Crickhowell, added:
"This is a devastating blow for Crickhowell and the surrounding area. This is a vibrant town that needs banking facilities and a personal approach. This is doubly difficult to comprehend as there are a number of housing developments in the area that will bring more demand.
"I personally have banked with the NatWest in Crickhowell since 1988 but will seek to bank elsewhere if the bank is closed."