Days numbered for RBS in Campbeltown

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Despite last ditch efforts at Westminster an era will end on May 29 when Royal Bank of Scotland pulls out of Campbeltown.

Staff at the branch, in common with all at the 52 banks set for closure, were given a choice of redundancy or re-deployment.

Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara said: ‘The bank is not listening to customers and businessess.’

In December, the majority taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland announced the decision to close 62 of its branches in Scotland, including those in Campbeltown, Rothesay and Inveraray.

With pressure from local communities and businesses, RBS conceded to a temporary reprieve to 10 of these branches until the end of 2018 for review.

Mr O’Hara spoke as three senior executives, including chief executive, Ross McEwan appeared before the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster this week.

Mr O’Hara added: ‘Over Christmas and New Year I collected literally thousands of signatories on petitions for each of the three proposed closures in Argyll and Bute; neither RBS nor the UK Government seem to take these concerns seriously.

‘Once again, RBS has shown the contempt in which customers are held.

‘It has failed to listen to the anger and frustration that so many customers, businesses and communities have voiced about these cuts.

‘These closure plans – which still mean the loss of dozens of branches across Scotland – will leave many communities without physical banking services, hitting rural areas who greatly depend on them.

‘Quite simply, RBS is failing to consider its social responsibilities to rural and urban communities and to the long-lasting damage these closures will cause across Scotland.”

‘That is why the SNP will try to save these banks and it is time that other parties joined us in that campaign, to put pressure on the UK Government to work in Scotland’s interest, to force this public company to respect the communities that are in danger of being abandoned.’

 

Campbeltown’s RBS branch on Castlehill.  25_c19rbscampbeltown01_Royal_Bank_of_Scotland