The Royal Bank of Scotland has announced it is closing 197 NatWest branches and one of these is West Ealing, the branch at the Lido Junction on the corner of the Uxbridge Rd and Drayton Green Rd.  This is disappointing and makes the second bank closure in West Ealing following Lloyds Bank closing some months ago.The full list of branches to close is here

The West Ealing high street has not suffered as badly as many others with empty shops but the NatWest occupies a key site at the Lido Junction and will leave a very noticeable gap – a bit like a gap for a missing front tooth. Let’s hope the gap is soon filled by a useful addition to the shopping centre.