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MSP meets with RBS over closures

Greenlaw branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland is one set for closure

Greenlaw branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland is one set for closure

Local MSP John Lamont has met with senior management from RBS to discuss their decision to close three branches in the Borders.

The bank announced last week that the branches in Chirnside, Greenlaw and Newtown St. Boswells would all be closing in June.

Mr Lamont said: “It was a constructive meeting, and I stressed to them just how much these branches are cherished by the customers who live in and around these communities. It is vital that if mobile banking vans are to be used that they serve not only the communities with branches shutting down, but also the surrounding areas where customers are based.

“There has also been a lot of concern over the long term future of the staff working in the branches, and the buildings in which they are based. I was glad that RBS were able to provide reassurances that they will try their upmost to relocate current staff to other branches, and that they were willing to work with the communities as so the properties don’t sit empty for years to come.

“RBS are keen to hear from those affected by the closures, and I would encourage anyone who wants to have their views taken into account to either contact myself or RBS.”

 

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