With NatWest’s Ilkley branch on The Grove set to close on 21st February, The National Federation of SubPostmasters (NFSP) is highlighting alternatives to banking at this branch.
A spokesperson for the organisation said: “This will doubtless be disappointing to NatWest customers in Ilkley. However, alternative banking provision is available to local residents at post office branches nearby.”
“The nearest post offices to the closing NatWest branch are: Ilkley, Station Plaza; Addingham, Main Street and Burley-in-Wharfedale, Station Road.
“Each of these branches offers banking services - including deposits, free cash withdrawals and balance checks, as well as offering face-to-face access to government services, bill payment, foreign currency, travel insurance and, of course, postal services. There are many free-to-use ATMs installed across the UK post office network also.
“Post offices are proving vital to retaining individual and business access to cash as the banks continue to desert the high street in order to cut costs and increase their profits.
“Every post office plays a vital role within the heart of the local community. Post offices provide a reliable and essential service which has continued at a high standard across the whole of the UK throughout the pandemic.”
NatWest announced the planned closure of 43 branches including Ilkley in October 2022.
The closest NatWest branch after Ilkley's closure is on High Street in Skipton, with a branch also on North Street in Keighley.