George Osborne replies
David Kent, Secretary of CTARA, wrote to Tatton MP, George Osborne about the decision of NatWest to close the Chelford branch. Mr Osborne replied as follows:
Dear Mr Kent
Thank you for your email.
I received the following email last week from, Natwest, which told me about the decision to close the Chelford branch. I do understand the problems for local people being able to access the bank easily, but as you can see they are working on an alternative in Chelford by having an agreement with the post office.
I will continue to monitor the situation and pass your concerns to Natwest.
Thank you for taking the time to write to me.
George Osborne MP
David Kent commented in his reply to Mr Osborne that many of our local community, particularly the older, disabled & vulnerable are unable to get to Chelford Post Office without transport and using the local bus would mean a wait of 2 hours to return.
Mr Kent also believes the figure of 20 "regular users" to be an underestimate. He said, "Yesterday when we sat outside the branch with a petition, there were over 50 customers, some of whom did banking for others. It appears that although they use the bank every week (particularly a lot of the farming community) they did not receive any letter about this".
When asked by Mr Kent about the discrepancy, Nat West replied that this is because some users' accounts are held at another branch.
On Monday, CTARA collected 170 signatures and more are being gathered on other petitions.
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