MP to present petition to RBS executives

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown is to present a petition to Royal Bank of Scotland Executives on behalf of the people of Dalbeattie this Friday (20 June 2014) in protest at the decision of the bank to close their Dalbeattie branch.

The petition was organised by Dalbeattie-based Undertaker Gordon Lockhart after RBS announced that the local branch was to be closed along with 4 other branches in the region. The closure of the Dalbeattie branch is planned for September.

As well as presenting the petition, Russell will be discussing with both RBS representatives and representatives of the Post Office, the bank’s claim that they have reached an agreement with the local Post Office which will enable RBS customers to withdraw cash, check balances and pay bills. Russell will also discuss the bank’s proposals to use a “new Mobile Van Branch” which they claim will cover communities affected by any closures, and other communities that currently don’t have a branch.

Commenting on the petition, Russell Brown said: “That over 400 local people have signed the petition demonstrates how passionate they are about keeping their services local. I can understand why they feel let down by RBS. I am more than happy to present this petition to the RBS executives. I hope they will take on board the views of local people.”

On the meeting as a whole, Russell said: “I am unhappy that we are losing these branches: local people are losing their jobs and local communities are losing their services. I want to ensure that RBS answers to these issues are realistic. I want a real reassurance that the local Post Office has agreed to this deal and I want to see what services the mobile van will offer local people and how often. It will be no use if the van does not offer a full service and only comes to an area infrequently.”