Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, met with RBS officials at her constituency office last Friday to discuss the bank’s closure of its Carluke branch, as well as changes to opening hours in Carnwath and Douglas. At the meeting were Vicky Loch, Local CEO; Bridget Heaney, Senior Business Manager for Business Banking Scotland and Jamie Black, Consumer Affairs Manager. The branch hours will change on August 15 with the Carluke branch closing on the 16th.
Commenting Ms Campbell said:
“It was clear that, unfortunately, the bank are committed to closing the Carluke branch as part of their nationwide round of closures. Whilst this is very disappointing for Carluke, I‘m keen to ensure the bank makes the transition as smooth as possible for their customers who will now be using the Wishaw or Lanark branches.
“The bank was also able to assure me that the staff were either being redeployed locally or taking voluntary redundancy.
“Furthermore, the bank also reassured me that they are committed to maintaining the building after the closure and either leasing it or selling it to interested parties. Hopefully we will see a new business in place quickly which could attract more people to Carluke town centre.”