Jobs set­back

Fears Cam­bus­lang is‘a dead town’

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang has been dealt a dou­ble blow with the news jobs could go in the town and a pop­u­lar bank is to close.

Cly­des­dale Bank will shut their Main Street branch, while Greggs are re­struc­tur­ing busi­ness at their Cly­desmill bak­ery.

Cus­tomers of the Cly­des­dale Bank branch in Cam­bus­lang have vented their frus­tra­tion over the news of its clo­sure.

The Main Street premises will shut its doors on June 8 as one of the 40 out­lets in Scot­land to close in a cost­cut­ting move to em­brace “dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion”.

More than 200 jobs are set to be lost fol­low­ing their clo­sures, but staff in Cam­bus­lang are yet to find out if there will be any re­dun­dan­cies.

TSB Bank will now be the only bank to re­main in Cam­bus­lang af­ter the Royal Bank of Scot­land axed their branch in Au­gust last year.

Cus­tomer Derek Scott, 60, from Cam­bus­lang was dis­ap­pointed to hear of the clo­sure and re­vealed his plans to change banks in the near fu­ture.

He told the Re­former: “This is not good at all. They have closed one in Blan­tyre and if they close this one I think I’m go­ing to have to trans­fer banks.

“I guar­an­tee the TSB is next. It’s a shame for Cam­bus­lang , you see all the shops that will use it [Cly­des­dale Bank] for day-to-day busi­ness.”

If cus­tomers choose to stay with Cly­des­dale Bank, they will have to travel to Ruther­glen’s branch which is 2.7 miles away. This an­gered An­nette McLean, 51, from Cam­bus­lang, who added: “I think it’s ridicu­lous. I’ve been a cus­tomer for over 30 years.

“What will hap­pen to the older gen­er­a­tion who can’t get to them [other branches].

“They may as well shut Cam­bus­lang down be­cause there’s noth­ing in it.

“It’s a big loss, every­one will now need to go to Ruther­glen.”

An­nan Drive res­i­dent Owen Flan­ni­gan, 74, agreed: “I think it’s a bad thing. We’ll need to go to Ruther­glen now. And we need to book taxis and buses which will cost.

“Cam­bus­lang is a dead town. All we have is book­ies, pubs and take­aways and no banks.”

Anne Greer, 82, of Westburn Road, added: “It’s ter­ri­ble. I’m a cus­tomer and that’s where all my money goes. What will I do now?

“I quite liked this one, it was quite handy for me.” In Septem­ber 2016 CYBG PLC, the parent com­pany of Cly­des­dale Bank, an­nounced that its branch net­work would be re­duc­ing as part of the bank’s strat­egy to cre­ate an in­te­grated dig­i­tal, mo­bile, tele­phone and branch ser­vice for its cus­tomers.

Fo l l owi n g last ye a r ’s an­nounce­ment, Cly­des­dale Bank con­firmed that it will close 40 branches in 2017 and an­tic­i­pated around 200 staff will be at risk of re­dun­dancy.

A spokesman for the com­pany could not con­firm how many jobs would be lost at the Cam­bus­lang branch, but as­sured all em­ploy­ees af­fected by the changes will be fully sup­ported through the process.

Cly­des­dale Bank’s cus­tomer bank­ing di­rec­tor, Gavin Op­per­man, said: “While the de­ci­sion to close any branch is never an easy one, it is im­por­tant that we, in line with other banks op­er­at­ing in the UK mar­ket, con­tinue to re­spond to changes in the way cus­tomers want to bank with us.

“The changes an­nounced con­tinue our jour­ney to­wards a model that com­bines an en­hanced dig­i­tal plat­form with a right sized branch net­work; al­low­ing cus­tomers to in­ter­act with us through a wide range of chan­nels – mo­bile, on­line, tele­phone, in-branch – when­ever and how­ever they want.”

What will hap­pen to older cus­tomers? They may as well shut Cam­bus­lang down An­nette McLean

Clos­ing down Cly­des­dale Bank’s Cam­bus­lang branch

Handy branch Anne Greer

Change Derek Scott

An­gry An­nette McLean

Dead town Owen Flan­ni­gan

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