Luke Graham MP hosted a community meeting last Thursday 19th July at the White Church in Comrie to discuss the proposed closure of the RBS branch. The community meeting, which was well attended by over 60 local residents and business people, discussed at length some of the issues that customers have already experienced with RBS since the closure was announced.
Residents also voiced concerns over the impact the closure will have on their lives, leaving the village without a bank branch. The meeting concluded with Luke Graham MP agreeing on the necessary next steps for the community to take regarding the independent review being undertaken by Johnson Carmichael. Representatives from RBS and Johnson Carmichael were invited, but declined to attend.
The proposed closure has been vigorously opposed by Mr Graham, one of three proposed in his constituency of Ochil and South Perthshire, who has campaigned hard on this issue since the announcement was made in December 2017, becoming one of key issues in his first year as an MP.
He raised a petition, which proved popular garnering hundreds of signatures, as well as having met local community representatives and with RBS representatives to put pressure on RBS them to reconsider its bank branch closure scheme. Luke Graham has also sent letters to the Lending Standards Board to further push the issue.
Furthermore, he has called on the Prime Minister, Chancellor and Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, to intervene and put pressure on RBS to reverse the closure. This has thus far secured the stay of execution and independent review, but Mr Graham is determined to oppose the closure for as long as is necessary.
Commenting Luke Graham MP said:
“Thank you to everyone from the community who attended this evening’s meeting. With the independent review now ongoing it is so important that we as a community's voice is heard.
The key date is July 30th, when Johnson Carmichael will be in the branch to hear local opinions - I encourage everyone who cares about this issue to visit the branch during working hours on that day.
Our ultimate aim is to get RBS to reverse their decision to close the branch, and we will be fighting for that outcome for as long as is necessary.”
Johnston Carmichael – Independent Review
Website https://johnstoncarmichael.com/rbs-branch-review where there is a short questionnaire.
Attending the RBS branch in Comrie on 30 July 2018 to conduct one to one interviews
This can best be done by booking an appointment by telephoning 01224 259 353 between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Postal address is RBS Branch Review Team, Johnston Carmichael LLP, 29 Albyn Place, Aberdeen AB10 1YL.
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