Residents revolt after bank closure announced

Jansel Square in Aylesbury
Jansel Square in Aylesbury

Residents are up in arms after a community bank announced it is to close.

A petition has been launched following news that Nat West, in Jansel Square Aylesbury will close, amid fears that elderly people and small business owners will struggle.

Peter Marks, who runs the Lost Sock Laundrette close to the bank has been using it for 30 years.

He said: “I think it is going to affect all of the square and the shopping area. Lots of people come to the bank, and then stay to do other bits of shopping at the same time.

“It will affect all the other shops in the area.”

He added: “A lot of older people will be affected too. They will struggle to get into town and they don’t use the internet.”

And Ken Evans, another customer, urged people to sign a petition calling for the plans to be axed.

He said: “Apparently a bank branch in Wendover was recently threatened with closure.

“However, as a result of customer pressure it was decided to keep it open on certain days of the week. I would urge all customers at the Jansel Square branch to make their protest against the closure in the strongest possible terms.

“Please sign the Save Our Bank petition in Budgens Stores, Jansel Square.”

A spokesman for Nat West, said: “ We have take the difficult decision to close the branch on November 9 2015. We are working hard to ensure that there are a number of alternative ways for people in the area to continue banking with us.

“We have reached an agreement with the local Post Office, which is 0.04 miles away from the branch so that our customers can check their balance, deposit and withdraw funds, and business customers can get coinage. There are five Post Offices with two miles of the branch.”