MP makes final plea to building society boss

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A FINAL plea asking the chief executive of Nationwide to reconsider the decision to close Mildenhall’s branch has been made by MP Matthew Hancock.

Mr Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, has written to Graham Beales, chief executive of Nationwide, asking him to reconsider the closure.

Mr Hancock said: “The decision to close the Mildenhall branch was made without any local consultation and my constituents are understandably very angry that this facility is set to close at the end of this month.

“I can see no justification for Nationwide’s decision to close the branch, not least when the population of Mildenhall is set to grow.

“Nationwide is owned by its members, and many members from Mildenhall have been with the building society for a long time, customers will have to travel some distance at considerable inconvenience to access their nearest branch.

“Mildenhall is in a rural area and the bus service to the nearest branch in Newmarket is not a practical or green alternative.”

The decision to close the branch was confirmed during a conference call between a spokesperson for the building society, campaigner Geoff Ashton and Forest Heath District Council’s portfolio holder for economic development and tourism, David Bowman on August 7.

Since Nationwide announced its intention to close the branch at 2pm on August 31, two petitions have been submitted signed by hundreds of disappointed customers.