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Collier Row’s ‘well used’ Natwest branch set to close, confusing residents

PUBLISHED: 07:21 04 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:15 04 April 2017

Natwest in Collier Row will be closing due to it not being used enough despite queue seen forming outside. Picture: Nicola Hoar

Natwest in Collier Row will be closing due to it not being used enough despite queue seen forming outside. Picture: Nicola Hoar

Nicola Hoar

One of the only banks in a town is set to close, despite residents insisting that it is needed.

Nicola Hoar, 45, of Havering-atte-Bower could not believe her eyes when she saw a queue of customers lining the street outside the branch of Natwest in Collier Row Road, Collier Row - especially since she had just received a letter stating its closure.

She said: “I’ve been going to that bank since I was 16 so I am sad to see it go.

“I don’t understand why it is closing when, as the picture clearly shows, it is very well used.

“When people go to the bank, they usually walk around the town as well and spend money in some of the shops so it benefits Collier Row’s economy to have a bank.

“I feel sorry for elderly people too because they will have to travel to Romford to get to the nearest bank which is much more difficult compared to a five minute walk down the road.

“It’s not right that it’s going.”

Letters were sent to residents confirming the closure on September 21.

Referring to the bank closing, it says: “With more of our customers choosing to use telephone, online and mobile banking services than ever before, we’re having to make some difficult decisions about our branch network.”

Residents have also told the Recorder that Lloyds Bank in Collier Row could also be closing, leaving the town with no banks.

Lloyds Bank has been contacted to confirm this.


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