Reprieve for Royal Bank’s Gretna branch

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Stephen Tem­lett

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

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