Natwest bank has announced it will be closing branches in Welshpool and Machynlleth later this year.

The bank said the decision has been made due to the change in the way that people are choosing to bank.

Welshpool’s branch will close on September 27, with Machynlleth closing the following month, on October 12.

The bank has said local customers in both towns are already using different ways to bank, and they will be contacting vulnerable and regular branch customers.

It has also said two post office facilities are available for banking within three miles of the Welshpool branch, on Broad Street, and it is 13.5 miles from its Newtown branch.

In Machynlleth, two post offices are within three miles with banking facilities, and the nearest branch is 16 miles away in Dolgellau.

Natwest has already closed a number of branches in other Powys towns over the last three years.

See next week’s County Times for more information.