A city MP has written to a banking giant asking it to reassess closure plans.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has urged Natwest to keep its Boundary Road branch in Mile Cross open after plans to close it on October 31 were revealed last week.

That would leave the area with just one bank, the Lloyds branch on Aylsham Road, although three Post Office services are also available in the area.

In a letter to Natwest bosses, Ms Smith said while she realised banking habits had changed in recent years, many people and businesses relied on in-person services and staff could be offered jobs further afield, leading to more expense during a tough time.

Norwich Evening News: Norwich North MP Chloe SmithNorwich North MP Chloe Smith (Image: PA Wire/PA Images)

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She said: "I am concerned and disappointed that yet another local banking branch is closing.  

"Local residents and businesses lose the Mile Cross HSBC branch at the end of July, and the community need resilient and high-quality services in the area.

Norwich Evening News: NatWest is planning to close its Mile Cross branchNatWest is planning to close its Mile Cross branch (Image: Newsquest)

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“The industrial estates and facilities in the north of the city really matter, with businesses big and small and significant regional assets like the airport. 

"I want the local economy to thrive, with the right services that people need.”

Ms Smith's letter noted that the nearest free-to-use cash machines were at Euro Garages in Sweet Briar Road, Lloyds Bank in Aylsham Road and the nearby Asda.