Monday, 23 October 2017

Petition growing

A PETITION to save the Sonning Common branch of NatWest has now gained 906 signatures.

It calls for the Peppard Road branch to remain in the village and move to a more central location in Wood Lane.

The bank has blamed the proposed closure on August 29 on dwindling customer numbers and an increase in the number of people using online banking services.

Parish councillor Dirk Jones, who started the petition, said the closure announcement had been met with “a high degree of concern and disbelief” by both businesses and private customers.

He added: “While it can be argued that online may be more efficient compared with a face-to-face traditional service with a smile, it can also be argued that this is an outright discrimination against those who have no wish to use or ability or trust in technology.”

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