Campaigners lose fight against Natwest bank closure in Fair Oak

Campaigners outside the Natwest bank in Fair Oak

Campaigners outside the Natwest bank in Fair Oak

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

EFFORTS to save a Hampshire bank from closing have today failed, according to campaigners.

As reported by the Daily Echo, residents and businesses in Fair Oak have been fighting to save their NatWest branch, which they say is vital as it is the last bank in the village.

They presented senior NatWest officials with a petition of 1,100 signatures but were told at a meeting this afternoon that the decision had been made to close it on July 9.

Jason Judd, who runs the Oven Door Bakery in Botley Road and is spearheading the campaign, said: “We requested a review of the decision but were told it is too late and they didn't give us any reason for that.

“That bank is very important to the village and when we asked what we are supposed to do they just referred us to internet banking, which is not appropriate for all, or to go to Eastleigh, which some people cannot do.”

Mr Judd added: “We did ask them to consider keeping it open for a further 12 months because there are plans for a lot of new buildings around here so potentially a lot of new business but they just weren't going to consider it.”

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7:26pm Thu 15 May 14

Saintly Sam says...

Nat West will also be closing my local branch in Woolston, despite all of the new homes being built at the old Vospers site, very short sited of them, all they are interested in is maximum profit, certainly not potential new customers.
Nat West will also be closing my local branch in Woolston, despite all of the new homes being built at the old Vospers site, very short sited of them, all they are interested in is maximum profit, certainly not potential new customers. Saintly Sam
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9:02pm Thu 15 May 14

The Man who says Hmmm says says...

Hmmmm
Hmmmm The Man who says Hmmm says
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10:12pm Thu 15 May 14

issacchunt says...

Surprised?
Surprised? issacchunt
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9:35am Fri 16 May 14

From the sidelines says...

Saintly Sam wrote:
Nat West will also be closing my local branch in Woolston, despite all of the new homes being built at the old Vospers site, very short sited of them, all they are interested in is maximum profit, certainly not potential new customers.
So, by your logic, they can maximise profits without attracting new customers.

Please, do tell how that works.
[quote][p][bold]Saintly Sam[/bold] wrote: Nat West will also be closing my local branch in Woolston, despite all of the new homes being built at the old Vospers site, very short sited of them, all they are interested in is maximum profit, certainly not potential new customers.[/p][/quote]So, by your logic, they can maximise profits without attracting new customers. Please, do tell how that works. From the sidelines
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7:30am Sat 17 May 14

skeptik says...

A pub some years ago - free house near Winchester a petition with thousands of signatures - the landlord who wished to change the use of the building to residential - suggested that if those who signed had bought a half pint of beer a month he would not be considering the change. Luckily for the locals a buyer made an acceptable bid - the pub is sill open. Same principle use it or lose it.
A pub some years ago - free house near Winchester a petition with thousands of signatures - the landlord who wished to change the use of the building to residential - suggested that if those who signed had bought a half pint of beer a month he would not be considering the change. Luckily for the locals a buyer made an acceptable bid - the pub is sill open. Same principle use it or lose it. skeptik
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