Building society to reconsider closure

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NATIONWIDE has said it is looking again at a decision to close its Mildenhall branch, after receiving a petition signed by members of the local community.

Nationwide’s announcement that it intended to close the Mildenhall branch from 2pm on August 31 led to MPs, councillors and members of the public lobbying the building society to reconsider.

More than 260 people signed the petition which was then sent to the building society by Mildenhall resident Carolyn Bright.

A spokesman for Nationwide said: “We have now received a petition with regards to plans to close our branch in Mildenhall. We welcome all feedback and will now review the petition in order to respond fully – I do however, wish to highlight that this difficult decision was made only after very careful consideration of a number of factors, including profitability, the lease expiry and levels of customer transactions.”

Mrs Bright said: “I’m encouraged that they are listening to the views of local residents and may be reconsidering their decision in the light of our petition.”

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock and Forest Heath district councillors Nigel Roman and David Bowman had written to the building society asking it to reconsider its decision to close the branch.

The responses they received at the start of the week stated that the decision was final, however a spokesman for the building society said on Thursday morning that it could not confirm this as it was re-examining the decision to respond fully to the petition.

Cllr Nigel Roman said: “I’m thoroughly disappointed with the letter I received.

“I consider that Mildenhall is one of the busier branches in the area and they still have not considered what it will do to the people of Mildenhall who bank with them.”