Con­sul­ta­tion pe­ri­ods viewed with scep­ti­cism

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

When news broke that the Burn­side branch of the Royal Bank of Scot­land was to close it sparked out­rage.

And yet this week the Re­former can re­veal just two com­plaints were made to the bank af­ter­wards.

I do not be­lieve this is down to ap­a­thy at the clo­sure. It is far more likely that people have lost faith in in­sti­tu­tions that were once the bedrock of com­mu­ni­ties.

Conul­ta­tion pe­ri­ods are in­creas­ingly viewed with scep­ti­cism. There is a sense of in­evitabil­ity when ma­jor de­ci­sions like this are made.

Of course RBS must adapt to an ev­er­chang­ing world but per­haps the bosses would do well to lis­ten more to the very same people who bailed them out dur­ing the fi­nan­cial cri­sis in 2008.

You can read our up­date on the clo­sure on page four.

Iron­i­cally, this news comes as South La­nark­shire Coun­cil takes steps to en­sure the views of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties are heard with the po­ten­tial cre­ation of a pe­ti­tions com­mit­tee.

Be­low you can read what some of our read­ers thought, but it seems, on the sur­face at least, this could help bridge the gap be­tween those who make the de­ci­sions and those af­fected by them.

Why not get in touch to share your thoughts?

Else­where in the pa­per, we headed to Fern­hill to see the groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions avail­able to people in the scheme and be­yond.

A spe­cial event was held in the com­mu­nity cen­tre and you can see what was hap­pen­ing on page 14.

Fi­nally, the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay is re­turn­ing to Ruther­glen next month (page three). The Main Street was jam­packed when the ba­ton came three years ago so lets get out and make its trip through Cuningar Loop a real high­light as it jour­neys across the globe.

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