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NatWest to close Larkfield branch, leaving customers with 4.3 mile journey to Maidstone

Customers have been told their bank branch is to close.

The NatWest Bank in London Road, Larkfield, will shut on July 10.

The NatWest at Larkfield is to close
The NatWest at Larkfield is to close

It will leave villagers with a journey of 4.3 miles to reach the nearest NatWest in Maidstone, although the firm said it would continue to operate a “pop-up” facility at a nearby site, as yet unspecified, for 12 weeks to help with the transition.

The bank said the number of customers using the branch had decreased by 64% over the past four years.

Nevertheless, the closure announcement has been greeted with dismay by many customers on social media.

Yvonne Wilson, from Snodland said: “They closed the Snodland branch saying we could go to Larkfield. Now they close Larkfield, saying go to Maidstone. Soon it will be London!”

Chris Fisher said: “It’s all about control, pushing you towards a cashless society and making you go online.”

Phil Paris said: “They say just pop into Maidstone, but what about car parking fees and petrol costs?”

Last month NatWest confirmed plans to shut another Kent branch – after it emerged just 13 customers used it on a weekly basis last year.

The Ramsgate branch will close in August.

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