Like most banks the NatWest branch in Plymouth Road, Penarth will be closed today May 1st – but unlike most other banks it won’t be open tomorrow – or for another 16 weeks.
Although the branch has been swathed in scaffolding for months, it’s now become necessary to close completely whilst major structural repairs are carried out.
Bank customers are being referred to the nearest alternative NatWest branch – which is in in Dinas Powys. Here, opening hours have been extended to cope with the extra business from Penarth and the Dinas Branch will be open from 09.30 to 16.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 10:00 to 16.30pm on Wednesdays.
The prolonged “bank holiday” at NatWest Penarth however doesn’t mean there’s a holiday for the staff. NatWest staff normally based at Penarth will be working at the Dinas Powys Branch from tomorrow until the Penarth Branch re-opens .
The NatWest branch in Penarth is one of the oldest buildings in Penarth – dating back to 1833 and may have links to the Randall family whose farm originally occupied the site. It’s been a bank since 1883.