Stephen presented a 300-name petition in the House of Commons, from local residents and businesses concerned about the closure of NatWest’s Splott branch.
The branch was due to close last week, along with the local NatWest in Grangetown – however residents wanted to register their protest against the decision, and Stephen met with Gary Sawyer from Carlisle Bakery to receive the petition, which calls on the Government to hold talks with representatives of NatWest to consider the impacts of the closure on the local community.
When the closures were announced in February, Stephen said: “I am deeply concerned that NatWest made this decision without consulting local elected representatives, and without offering us the opportunity to look at alternative options.”
He met with senior local representatives of NatWest and local Councillors Gretta Marshall (Splott) and Chris Lomax (Grangetown) to discuss the proposals and the impact they are likely to have on the community. NatWest committed to retaining the existing external cash-points at the building in Splott, but would not budge on the closure plans.
Stephen said: “I remain deeply unhappy with NatWest’s closures as do many residents in Splott, and indeed Grangetown. At a time when bankers’ bonuses are high and many banks remain bailed out by taxpayers, it is very disappointing to see NatWest failing its bread and butter local customers and businesses in Splott and Grangetown. I urge them to reconsider.”