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Libdems gain an ATM for Battle

February 1, 2020 8:20 PM
By Jeremy Field

LibDems gain an ATM for Battle!

Battle ATM

Thanks to good work by local LibDems, Battle residents are now celebrating the return of a free-to-
use cash machine in Battle High Street eighteen months after the last bank ATM was lost.
When NatWest Bank first announced the intention to close their branch in the town, Battle District
Councillor Kevin Dixon wrote to ask the MP to intervene with RBS as it would leave the town with no
bank and no readily accessible ATM. Subsequently the MP introduced a private member's bill at
Westminster that resulted in a scheme backed by the banking industry to ensure bank closures did
not leave small towns with no ATM.

When local LibDems heard that the Costa Coffee franchise had bought the former NatWest building
they met with Costa and persuaded them of the likely business and community benefits of
reinstating an ATM. Kevin and fellow LibDem Councillor Kathryn Field then helped Costa with
resolving planning issues, and persuaded Rother District Council to introduce a new policy waiving
Business Rates on non bank ATMs where banks had abandoned small towns. As a result at the end
of January Battle became just the third recipient of a new ATM installed by the LiNK ATM
organisation. At the official opening Costa franchise director Diljit Brar paid tribute to the work of
the LibDems in initiating the ATM plan and helping to bring it to fruition.