A number of readers have contacted VentnorBlog asking us to spread the news that the Ventnor’s Natwest Bank has been marked for closure.
those who object to the closure.
There’s a poster high up in right-hand window outside the building (photos below).
16 November 2011 is the date on the notice, although we understand that the notice inside has to be pointed out to those entering the branch, as it isn’t very obvious.
HSBC will be the only bank with a branch in Ventnor after the closure.
Concerns amongst the few who know so far
The notice of the closure is so far less than well-known around the town, but those VB has spoken to are upset at the bank’s decision and very concerned at the long-term implications.
Concerns raised so far include personal banking; how local business will be able to bank their takings; and what will happen to those who people that bank with NatWest but don’t have transport, given the next nearest branch is Shanklin.
Confusion as windows recently changed
There’s additional confusion as the bank changed all of their front windows only a few weeks ago, at what must have been considerable expense. VB understands that this was also after many years of gaining the necessary planning permission.
More information as and when we get it.
What do you think?
What are your feelings on the closure?
Updated 19:44 Thanks to VB reader Mark for writing to tell us about the poster in the window. We’d had a look for it this afternoon, but couldn’t see it. Nearly missed it a second time this evening too! (It’s pretty high up and in sombre tones, as you can see from the pic)