Ban­nock­burn loses bank af­ter 100 years

RBS to close doors on Mon­day

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Marzella

Ban­nock­burn branch of RBS will close its doors for the fi­nal time on Mon­day.

It will leave the town without a bank for the first time in a cen­tury.

RBS an­nounced the de­ci­sion to axe its branch at Quak­er­field, as well as oth­ers in Bridge of Al­lan and Dun­blane, in De­cem­ber last year.

The bank­ing gi­ant’s Ban­nock­burn branch was ini­tially set to close on June 25, while its out­let in Pitt Ter­race, Stir­ling, was to re­lo­cate.

The Pitt Ter­race branch is to move to the Mur­ray Place en­trance of the This­tles Cen­tre, in a unit formerly oc­cu­pied by Costa and an­other busi­ness.

A bank spokesper­son said: “The Royal Bank of Scot­land in Stir­ling is re­lo­cat­ing to the This­tle Cen­tre and will open on Wednes­day, Novem­ber 14.

“Our branch in Ban­nock­burn will con­tinue to serve cus­tomers un­til Novem­ber 12.”

More than 2000 peo­ple signed an on­line pe­ti­tion to save the Ban­nock­burn branch. It was then given a five-month re­prieve un­til Novem­ber 12.

Ban­nock­burn coun­cil­lor Alas­dair MacPher­son said: “This will be a very sad day as it will bring an end to over 100 years of bank­ing in Ban­nock­burn.

“I feel so sorry for el­derly and dis­abled cus­tomers who will now need to find their way into Stir­ling.

“The dis­ap­point­ment is even more pro­found as we, the tax­payer, own over 70 per cent of the bank.”

The RBS branches in Bridge of Al­lan and Dun­blane closed in June.

Clo­sures of the branches at Ban­nock­burn, Bridge of Al­lan and Dun­blane came as part of a plan by the bank­ing gi­ant to axe 62 branches na­tion­wide.

The post of­fice in Main Street, Ban­nock­burn, is due to pro­vide a num­ber of fi­nan­cial ser­vices once the RBS branch closes.

How­ever, the fu­ture of the post of­fice was left in doubt af­ter the post­mas­ter an­nounced that he is to re­tire in the new year.

Clos­ing The RBS branch at Quak­er­field will close next week

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