Midlothian North MSP, Colin Beattie, today met with Royal Bank of Scotland representatives in the Scottish Parliament to discuss the imminent closure of their Bonnyrigg Branch. The plans, announced in December, would leave the Dalkeith branch as the only one in Midlothian.
Commenting Mr Beattie said: “I understand the logic of why as a business RBS might decide to close their branch. Reduced customer footfall and the increase in electronic banking are major factors.
“However, I took the opportunity to make the point that, as MSP, I have to look at a wider picture than simply short term profit enhancement. Having a local bank is part of maintaining a sense community and creating a centre for that community.
“With so many local facilities, such as libraries, under threat as part of the Council’s proposed cuts it is ever more important to try to protect what facilities we can. That is before we consider the inconvenience and disturbance caused to customers and any distress to staff who may consider their jobs at risk”.
Continuing Mr Beattie stated “I have made my point strongly to RBS and expressed my deep disappointment but, of course, the decision is already taken”.
In the course of a very detailed exchange RBS described many of the measures being taken to support and help customers cope with the changes. Mr Beattie urged anyone who has concerns or needs to understand what alternatives are available to contact RBS Local Area Manager, Hazel Brydon on 07826664011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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