Up to three jobs in doubt as NatWest confirms town branch is set to close

A decision to close NatWest, Long Sutton, on December 1 has been called "disappointing and frustrating" by district councillor Laura Eldridge.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
A decision to close NatWest, Long Sutton, on December 1 has been called "disappointing and frustrating" by district councillor Laura Eldridge. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A decision to close Natwest Bank in Long Sutton has put the future of three jobs in question, it has been confirmed today.

The rising trend of online banking and a drop in the number of people using branches has been blamed for the decision to shut the branch in Market Place on December 1.

It’s both disappointing and frustrating to hear of Natwest’s planned and impending closure in a thriving market town

Long Sutton district councillor Laura Eldridge

In a statement on Wednesday, NatWest said it had “reached an agreement with the local Post Office” where customers can check balances, pay in and withdraw cash and business customers can get coinage.

But the move has been branded “disappointing and frustrating” by Long Sutton district councillor Laura Eldridge as the bank confirmed that three workers there will be “consulted on their options”.

Coun Eldridge said: “It’s both disappointing and frustrating to hear of Natwest’s planned and impending closure which will mean that anyone banking with them will have to wait in what will be an ever-growing queue in the Post Office or go either to Wisbech or Spalding.

“Long Sutton is a thriving market town where we have many independent businesses that need to do their banking daily and an elderly population that prefers to do their banking face-to-face and the comfort of using a branch.”

A NatWest spokesman said: “There are three staff who work at the branch and we are consulting with them on their options.

“However, we always aim to redeploy staff in nearby branches where possible and to keep compulsory redundancies to a minimum.”

Bank to close branch in Long Sutton