No interest in Bonnybridge bank reprieve

Baillie Buchanan and Provost Pat Reid present the petition at RBS's head office

Baillie Buchanan and Provost Pat Reid present the petition at RBS's head office

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Bank bosses have refused to reverse their decision to close an RBS branch in Bonnybridge despite more than 1400 residents signing a 
petition condemning the move.

Baillie Billy Buchanan, who has led the campaign of opposition to the closure, and Provost Pat Reid travelled to Edinburgh on Friday to hand over the petition at the company’s head office in Gogarburn.

“The community is very dismayed at the loss of this facility. It will have a real adverse effect on many businesses, groups and most importantly individuals in the area who have in their lifetime viewed the branch and its staff as friends of the community,” said Baillie Buchanan.

“It is a two-way partnership that cannot be replaced by machines or another outlet.”

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson has also spoken out in favour of keeping the branch in Main Street open.

But despite these efforts, RBS has this week confirmed it will close the branch on June 11.

A spokeswoman said: “Closing a branch is always a difficult decision but we always ensure that our customers have alternative ways to bank with us.

“In Bonnybridge, the nearest branch is just over 1.9 miles away in Denny and we have an arrangement in place with the Post Office, which is next door to the branch, where our customers can pay bills, withdraw cash and check balances. By the end of the year, our customers will be able to deposit both cash and cheques in any of the Post Office’s branches.”