Some Wealden villages and towns will be without a Natwest bank in 2018, after its parent company the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) announced the planned closure of 197 branches across the country.
Locally, Battle, Crowborough, Healthfield and Wadhurst will all be left with holes in the high street, with their branches
of Natwest set to close over the coming months.
The closures have been blamed on the rise in online banking, and the change in the way customers use the facilities.
A spokesperson for RBS says:
“As customers change the way they bank with us, we must change the way that we serve them and this means that some branches will have to close.
“Closing a branch is a decision we take very seriously. We know it can affect people in the local area and we’ll always work hard to guide you through the changes and find the best way to serve you from now on.”