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The branch in Strathaven which is earmarked for closure

 

The Royal Bank of Scotland is sticking to its guns at present on the closure of its branches in Strathaven, Carnwath and Lesmahagow, arguing that there are branches for customers in Hamilton and Lanark. RBS believes that branches some seven and a half miles away are close enough to these small towns, but for elderly people that is too far to travel. 

In its announcement that it was closing branches, RBS said that it had a national agreement for its customers to use the Post Office banking services. Given the problems with Strathaven Post Office, which closed last week - albeit on a temporary basis - I am arguing that this should be a trigger to retain this bank branch.

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RBS tells me it is aware of the situation with Strathaven Post Office and it is in discussions with the Post Office and monitoring it closely.

The closure of these three branches is unacceptable, and I will have another meeting with RBS in the near future, when I will again push to have them kept open.

I will also find out more about the reviews which are to be carried out on the usage of the Douglas and Biggar branches which have been granted a reprieve.  

 

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