Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed the news that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has decided to abandon plans to close their Greenock town centre branch, meaning there will be no change to the current Cathcart Street operation.
The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP challenged the bank when they revealed their plans to close the town centre branch, so is pleased that RBS have reversed their decision following pressure from the community.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“When I contacted RBS about the proposed local bank closures, they said they had consulted their customers who indicated they did not object to the closure of the Cathcart Street store. Clearly, their consultation efforts were not thorough enough considering the local community spoke out against RBS’s plans, and eventually launched an online petition in protest.
“A joint letter from Ronnie Cowan MP, Mike Russell MSP, Brendan O’Hara MP and myself was sent to RBS in August outlining our objection to the bank closures being proposed by the bank which impacted the areas we represent. While RBS’s response showed that they had analysed the logistics behind relocating the Greenock town centre branch to their mortgage centre, for me it did not take into account the feelings of their customers.
“Moving the branch to Cartsdyke would not only cause difficulties for elderly and disabled customers, but would also drive more people out of Greenock’s town centre, which would be detrimental to the local economy, and make it harder to attract small, local businesses to the area.
“I’m therefore delighted with the u-turn and that the community has finally been listened to. Let’s hope RBS better listens to their customers and the communities they serve in the future.”