Bank applies to remove cash machine before closing York branch
A bank is applying to remove a cash machine from its doomed York branch.
NatWest is planning to close its branch on Main Street, Heslington on 27 April.
Ahead of that date, it is asking permission to take out the ATM machine and remove signs and branding.
“The existing signage on the building will be removed, and where the ATM & Nightsafe are removed will be a like-for-like to surrounding materials on the building.
“The mounting/fixing hole will be filled also,” planning documents state.
It is the last remaining bank branch serving Heslington village and Badger Hill area after the closure of the Lloyds branch back in 2016 and of Barclays in 2020.
A petition to save NatWest Heslington has gathered more than 50 signatures.
It was set up by Kate Ravilious, Labour candidate for Fulford & Heslington ward, and Luke Charters, Labour parliamentary candidate for York Outer.
Meanwhile, Fulford and Heslington Lib Dem councillor Keith Aspden has written to the Natwest regional director to express his concerns and urge for some services to be retained in the village.
This won’t be the first time the ATM has been removed. In October 2015, raiders used a digger to smash into the front of the NatWest branch and took the cash machine away on a flat bed truck.