Bank shuts ... just as High Street booms

Bank shuts ... just as High Street booms

A BANK has become the third in four years to quit Mirfield – just as traders go for a high street award.

Nat West announced its Huddersfield Road branch will close on Wednesday, November 4.

Having already lost Barclays and HSBC, the only financial institutions left will be the Halifax Bank and Yorkshire Building Society.

Ironically Mirfield is booming, with the town packed full of independent shops and eateries.

The town council are so proud of this, they have just entered the Great British High Street Awards.

Mirfield could win up to £50,000 to support business initiatives such as mentoring for traders and advice on marketing.

Coun Alan Burton (Con, Battyeford) said: “There’s a renewed buzz about our high street.

“New businesses are open and there’s only one unit available for rent. We want to keep it that way.”

Despite booming trade, Nat West claimed the number of people using the branch has fallen.

A spokesman said: “The number of transactions taking place at the Mirfield branch has dropped by 22 per cent since 2011.

“And only 45 customers use the branch on a regular weekly basis. Nineteen of these already use other branches.”

He added factors include increasing use of internet and mobile phone banking.

The branch cash machine will remain. Customers can also use the Post Office for some transactions.

Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Paula Sherriff has asked to meet with parent company Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

She said: “I’m disappointed to see the branch close, particularly for those customers and businesses who still use it on a regular basis.

“I’ve asked to meet with a representative of RBS to discuss the closure and ensure all is in place to limit the inconvenience to local users of the branch.”

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