Bank to press ahead with closure plans

Uncertainty still hangs over future banking facilities in Whithorn after appeals and petitions to RBS chiefs in Edinburgh asking them to keep the branch in the town open fell on deaf ears.

The state-owned lender will press ahead with shutting the Whithorn branch in September and replacing it with a mobile bank and the offer of banking services via the Post Office.

But with the news last week that the Post Office is now up for sale, the members of Whithorn Community Council agreed to express an interest in taking over the Post Office to ensure that it remained open for the benefit of the community.

RBS say the Post Office have assured them they will “continue to have a Post Office in Whithorn”.

Community Council secretary Julia Muir Watt and treasurer Bob Amin travelled to RBS headquarters in Gogarburn recently to tell RBS officials the distress the closure of the branch would cause, especially to elderly residents, but the bankers said that the continuing fall in the number of customers was the main reason for closing the bank, as more and more people were banking online.

The community council will now make approaches to other banks to ask if they are interested in opening a branch in the town or look into running a european-style rural community bank.