Anger at building society closure

Disappointment has been voiced over the closure of the Dunfermline Building Society branch in Castle Douglas.

The announcement was made by the Dunfermline’s parent company, Nationwide, on Thursday,

The closure is part of Nationwide’s plans to integrate all of its regional brands, including the Dunfermline Building Society, into the Nationwide Building Society.

This will see 25 branches close across Scotland with about 90 fewer staff, who Nationwide says will be redeployed. It is expected that all of the 25 branches, including Castle Douglas, will close in the summer of 2014.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said: “I am disappointed to see the closure of this branch, which is another example of the crisis facing the region’s high streets.

“Although Nationwide has given assurances that there will be no immediate job losses, I am concerned that as next summer approaches, jobs will be lost. Redeployment to other locations may not be a reasonable option for those staff who have a families or simply cannot afford to move.

“I hope Nationwide will keep to its word that it will offer such staff training and advice.

“However, it is not just jobs that may go but it is also the loss of service for local people. There isn’t a Nationwide in Castle Douglas, so there is now no branch within a reasonable distance for customers.

“A lot of people like being able to go into their local branches and talking face to face with an adviser and don’t feel comfortable discussing financial matters over the phone or online but these plans mean that will be lost for some customers.”