Monday, 27 September 2021

Bank to shut despite protest by villagers

THE only bank in Sonning Common closes today (Friday) despite a campaign by residents to save it.

In May, NatWest announced it would close the Peppard Road bank, saying the number of customers had dropped to just 29 per week due to the growing use of online banking.

Many residents were angered by the decision, saying they did not want to use alternative methods such as online or telephone banking.

Parish councillor Dirk Jones launched a petition which was signed by about 1,000 people.

Last month, 50 people staged a protest outside the bank and presented the petition to Gavin Owens, the bank’s local chief executive officer.

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