Reprieve for Royal Bank’s Gretna branch
Gretna’s RBS branch has been given a temporary reprieve from closure.
It was one of four in the region and 63 across Scotland set to shut in May or June.
But bank bosses this week announced that Gretna was one of 10 branches to remain open until the end of the year for a review of future sustainability.
The decision was welcomed by Gretna and Rigg Community Council vice chairman Ian Clark.
He said: “The community council and the Raydale Community Partnership both use RBS so we’re very pleased with this news.
“If this bank were to close then we would need to travel to Carlisle which is obviously quite a trek compared to having one here in Gretna. I just hope this is long term.”
The RBS announcement offered no hope of a reprieve for three other branches in the region – Annan, Lockerbie and Langholm.
South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said: “This dodgy deal just doesn’t go far enough. There is no logic in a decision that says the RBS in Gretna should stay open because it’s the last in town when the same can be said about Langholm.
“In the meantime, those staff and the public losing yet more services in Langholm, Lockerbie and Annan will rightly feel aggrieved at the way they are being treated. RBS should reverse all four of these closure proposals.”
An RBS statement said: “We will keep ten branches open until the end of 2018. Should any of these branches see sustainable transactional increases and viable new income over this period, then we will reconsider the closure of the relevant branch as part of a full independent review.”
Thumbs up Community council vice-chairman Ian Clark outside the Gretna branch