Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership vows to oppose NatWest closure

SADDLEWORTH AND Lees District Partnership has vowed to battle against the planned closure of NatWest in Uppermill to help Saddleworth retain its last bank.

img_3122In early December, the banking giant announced its decision to close the bank on the village high street on 27 June 2017 due to increasing numbers of people banking online.

It follows the closure of Barclays Bank in Lees – meaning the nearest bank in Oldham to Saddleworth residents is 4.9miles away in the town centre.

But at their December meeting, Partnership chair Cllr Adrian Alexander promised councillors will come together with a cross party demonstration against the decision.

Cllr Jamie Curley said: “By going into a branch, you get the personal experience and help. We would lose that facility completely for Saddleworth residents.”

But Cllr Graham Sheldon added: “We can try out best to oppose this but I still think it will close.”


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