CLWYD South’s Labour MP and AM are set for talks with bank bosses over the proposed closure of NatWest in Rhos.
Susan Elan Jones and Ken Skates will meet Royal Bank of Scotland representatives at the village branch on August 1 – a month before it is due to close its doors for good – in a bid to get the company to rethink its ‘disastrous’ plan.
MP Ms Jones said: “I wrote to RBS immediately after they notified me of this terrible decision to express my concerns, and I am going to use the opportunity to sit down with the bank and tell them exactly what I think.
“This decision has not taken into account for a second the hundreds of constituents who rely on this branch and who will be left high and dry without the personal, face-to-face service they have come to expect and that they deserve.
“The bank has also failed to give me satisfactory answers about what services would be available at local Post Offices, and I will be asking for clarity on that.
“I would urge constituents who stand with us, Rhos Community Council and the local county councillors in opposing this move to email RBS’s Head of UK Regional Public Affairs Michael Crow at firstname.lastname@example.org with their thoughts.”
AM Mr Skates added: “Unfortunately this is yet another example of a large multinational bank putting pounds before people and turning its back on its loyal customers, just as we saw with HSBC in Llangollen and Cefn Mawr.
“There was no consultation with the public – nor any in-branch notification – before this decision was announced out of the blue. The branch has served thousands of individuals, families and businesses over many years, and I am not convinced the half-services RBS is offering as alternatives will come anywhere near what is required.
“Susan, myself, the local community council and county councillors will again urge RBS to reconsider its decision immediately, and will do all we can to retain the best banking services possible for the people of Rhos.”