Residents take fight over bank closure to the top

Fair Oak's MP is set to meet with Business Secretary Vince Cable MP on Monday over the controversial closure of the last remaining bank in a local village.

key_FOnatwestcampaign.JPGResidents and businesses in Fair Oak have been battling to save their NatWest branch, which they say is vital as it is the last bank in the village.

Despite gathering a petition of 1,100 signatures, they were told by NatWest officials the decision had been made and that the bank would shut on July 9.

Now Jason Judd, who runs the Oven Door Bakery in Botley Road, and Fair Oak’s MP Mike Thornton are set to take the case for the bank to the top of government, in a meeting with Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable MP on Monday.

Mike Thornton said: "Three years ago NatWest pledged they would "continue to provide banking services wherever they were the last bank in town". Yet in Fair Oak they are closing the final bank in the village.

"We’ll be asking Vince what he can do to address the situation.

"Residents have every right to be disappointed at the attitude of the bank. NatWest should have reviewed the decision to see if they could improve business at the branch to make it financially viable."

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