Chris and campaigners at the bank
Chris and campaigners at the bank

CHRIS MATHESON MP took to the streets of Hoole on Friday to campaign against the closure of the NatWest Bank.

Chris said: “Hoole is a distinct local community with a character of its own. The people who make these decisions need to think about the impact of their actions on the community they serve – it’s not all about the numbers.”

Chris was joined by several local residents who were gathering signatures for a petition and handing out copies of a letter that Mr Matheson had written directly to the Chief Executive of the NatWest Bank. In the letter, the newly elected MP for Chester expressed his concerns about the proposed closure of the branch on Faulkner Street.  Chris said: “Independent traders rely on local banks for depositing money – not everyone can afford to have G4S turn up with a bag of change to keep their tills ringing either.  This is about the role banks play in keeping thriving shopping communities, like the one in Hoole, alive.”

Cllr Richard Beacham, who represents the nearby Newton Ward, said: “I’m here today because residents in Newton find it convenient to come to Hoole too.  The bank brings customers to this area from Upton, Newtown, Boughton and much further afield. I just met a man from Frodsham who finds it convenient to come here. Local banking is part of the fabric of this area and I think the fact that we collected over 200 signatures in an hour reflects that!”

You can download Mr Matheson’s letter to the NatWest Bank here.

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