Opposition to closure of building society mounts

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COUNCILLORS have joined the fight against the closure of Nationwide’s Mildenhall branch.

Nationwide has announced that the branch in Market Place is due to close at 2pm on August 31.

Forest Heath district councillors Nigel Roman and David Bowman have written to Nationwide expressing their concerns about the impact of the closure on the local community.

In the letter, they said: “Given the increasing cost of fuel, reducing bus services and economic pressures generally, your decision to withdraw the Mildenhall branch is a significantly retrograde step and will cause inconvenience and expense to many customers.”

The councillors also expressed concerns about the future of the grade II listed building.

A spokesman for Nationwide said: “As part of an ongoing review of the Nationwide business we have made the difficult, but carefully considered, decision to close our Mildenhall branch.

“This decision is based on a number of factors including profitability, expiring leases and declining customer usage.”

Nine branches of Nationwide will be closing and the spokesman said they would make efforts to relocate staff.

Following the closure, Nationwide customers will need to travel to Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket or Ely to access a branch.

A petition against the closure is in town centre businesses Webb’s Cafe, Barleycorn and Langton Flowers.