Published: 00:00, 01 December 2016 |
Updated: 12:40, 01 December 2016
A bank is withdrawing its services from a town after a record decline in people using the branch.
NatWest in High Street, Hythe, will close its doors for good on Wednesday, May 31 next year, it has been confirmed today.
It follows the closure of the Cheriton branch last year - and now residents will have to get to Folkestone town centre to use the bank.
In a statement from NatWest, it said that Hythe had experienced a 32% drop in people walking in and using the services.
But 42% of people are turning to online services, which have increased by 400% nationally.
A spokesman for NatWest said: "We are communicating with our customers affected by the closure and proactively contacting vulnerable and regular branch customers.
"We have listened closely to feedback from 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.
"We know that not all of our customers are comfortable and familiar with using online or mobile banking, so we have created a new specialist task force of digital experts who will be dedicated to supporting our customers with training and support with digital skills."
Will you be affected by the closure of the Hythe branch? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01233 895801.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
Your No1 guide to getting married in Kent. From dresses to discos and venues to veils, we've got everything you could possibly need for your big day
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating!
PLUS, register for free!.
Read our pick of the best holiday destinations. Whether its a weekend break, or something a little bit longer, we have reviewed a wide range of holidays.