Bank closures in Axminster, Crewkerne and Chard


    AXMINSTER, Chard and Crewkerne were all on the hit list when The Royal Bank of Scotland group announced it is to close 197 NatWest branches.

    There are individual closure dates for the respective branches, all in about six months’ time.

    The closures are part of a wider package also including 62 Royal Bank of Scotland branches, the total number of redundancies expected to be about 680.

    An RBS spokesperson said: “More and more of our customers are choosing to do their everyday banking online or on mobile.

    “Since 2014 the number of customers using our branches across the UK has fallen by 40 per cent and mobile transactions have increased by 73per cent over the same period.

    “Over five million customers now use our mobile banking app and one in five only bank with us digitally.

    “We have listened closely to feedback from local communities and have extended the time between announcing our decision and the branch closure to six months.

    “This has been done in order to ensure our customers have time to consider the right banking options for them.”

    But union Unite, representing staff across RBS, accused the bank of betraying communities.
    Rob MacGregor, Unite national officer said: “The closure of another 259 branches is savage and represents a betrayal of loyal staff and customers who have supported the bank for decades.

    “Why is the government signing off this alarming branch closure program?
    “A decade of slashing jobs has done nothing to boost morale, increase consumer confidence or improve the bank’s performance.

    “This British-taxpayer funded bank should be concentrating on investing in jobs here in the UK, rather than cutting them wholesale.”


    Chief Reporter | Started his working life on a farm before becoming a screen printer, both in Sweden. Had another career change and turned to journalism in the mid1990s. Enjoyed an internship with Alexandria Gazette Packet, Va, USA, before moving to the UK. Got a job with The Clarion in Yeovil in 1998, but moved to Axminster in 2006 and has worked on the East Devon beat since.