Campbeltown’s RBS branch still faces the axe

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By Mark Davey

Campbeltown Community Council (CCC) continues to fight for the Wee Toon’s Royal Bank of Scotland branch.

CCC member Catherine Dobbie is incensed that RBS refuses to reply to her  emails since the 62 closures were announced last year.

Yesterday when it was reported that the bank had bowed, to political pressure at Westminster and saved 10 branches, including Inveraray, Ms Dobbie wrote again and included a list from RBS’s website listing nearest next branch.

Ms Dobbie said: ‘Could you please explain why Campbeltown RBS branch is not included in this list as the distance to the nearest branch was Oban at 87 miles?

‘However, if Inveraray RBS branch is kept open, this will become the nearest branch, a mere 75 miles away.

‘Travel by public transport – bus – from Campbeltown to Inveraray takes two hours 17 minutes.

‘None of the distances above are close to this, yet Campbeltown is excluded. Why?’

Her fears were backed up by the deputy secretary of banking staff members union Unite Scotland, Mary Alexander, who said the reprieve of the 10 branches maybe: ‘…no more than a PR sham.’

Ms Alexander  said: ‘The U turn delivered by RBS today  only gives a stay of execution for 10 branches. And that is what it is – a stay of execution.

‘There are another 52 branches still facing the axe including the RBS branch in Campbeltown.

‘Our campaign continues for those branches.

‘There is now a clear case for every single closure to be subject to review and that includes Campbeltown.

‘If RBS refuses to do that then the concessions made today are no more than a PR sham.’

Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara said: ‘Whilst this announcement is a victory for the people of Inveraray I am disappointed that Campbeltown and Rothesay are not on the list of branches that will remain open for the time being.

‘I will continue to fight for the reversal of RBS’s decision to close them and urge the prime minister once again to intervene.

‘RBS cannot and must not be allowed to turn their backs on the rural communities they serve.’

As the Courier went to press, despite repeated requests, RBS had not commented.