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Campaign Launched As Goldthorpe Bank Is Set To Close

Monday May 13 2013


Bank set to close its doors in village Bank set to close its doors in village


A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save one of only two banks in Goldthorpe.

The Natwest bank is due to close on June 24 and the campaign is being spearheaded by Jenny Freeborough, owner of Cafe Bijou on High Street, who believes the area is becoming a ghost town.

Jenny, who has personal and business accounts with Natwest, said: "It's another bank to go from Goldthorpe. They've all gone over the last 15-20 years leaving only the Natwest and Yorkshire Bank.

"The reason they've given is that counter demand has fallen over the last 12 months.

"They've told us we should go to the Mexborough branch but it's not possible for everyone - you can't shut shop while you go to Mexborough to get some change."

She said elderly and ill people would also struggle to make the journey to Mexborough and struggle use computers to do internet banking.

Jenny fears the Yorkshire Bank may also follow suit - leaving only the post office.

"Goldthorpe is suffering like anywhere else," she said. "I think they should hang on and see if footfall goes back up before they close the branch."

Jenny has started a petition which gained more than 200 signatures in two days, but said customers in her cafe felt the decision had already been made.

A spokesman for Natwest said: "Customer demand has fallen sharply at our NatWest Goldthorpe branch over the last 12 months and we've taken the difficult decision to close it on June 24.

"We've advised staff and will be helping our customers to make alternative arrangements."

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Reply Posted by shane on Monday May 13 2013 at 15:37
after the mrs thatcher party/riots u expect people to invest in ya community? once people had see that bet they couldnt end ther leases fast enuff

Reply Posted by Graham on Monday May 13 2013 at 16:36
Nothing to do with mrs thatcher more i suspect to do with internet banking and money paying in machines and atms as it seems the last things banks want you to do is actually go inside. last

Reply Posted by Brian on Monday May 13 2013 at 16:48
The disgraceful scenes in Goldthorpe a few weeks ago would certainly prevent me from establishing any business of mine there.

Reply Posted by Luke on Saturday May 18 2013 at 09:17
Get off your high horses .. The thatcher party has no relevance to this story ! And people came from far and wide to let their feelings be known it just so happens that goldthorpe was the chosen location .. So its unfair to just say the scenes in goldthorpe are the cause ..Goldthorpe banks serves thurnscoe Bolton hickleton barnbourgh and all the surrounding areas . There isn't a bank in any of the areas ..it's a sad shame that the local high streets are being affected in this way !

Reply Posted by Beth on Saturday May 18 2013 at 09:30
Stuff em, other villages manage without banks!!! What about grimethorpe/brierley?? Had no bank for the past 20 years but you don't see them moaning about it!! Get on a bus like the rest of them and go into town