Finlay Carson has called on the Clydesdale Bank to reconsider the closure of their branches in Stranraer and Castle Douglas. In a letter to the bank Mr Carson raised concerns over the impact these closures will have on local residents, many of whom are elderly or run rural businesses and so have no viable alternative for carrying out their daily banking.
While the local Post Offices will offer limited, simple banking facilities, this is a poor alternative. The Post Office is unable to cater to the needs of small business customers, meaning that they will have to travel further afield to Newton Stewart or Dumfries to carry out their banking. This takes them away from running their businesses and could have a negative impact on the local economy.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Galloway and West Dumfries said:
“I was troubled to learn of the announcement by the Clydesdale Bank that they will be closing the Stranraer and Castle Douglas branches in my constituency, which will be a major blow for the local communities. There is a large population of elderly residents in the area who find online banking challenging and often do not have the technology to bank this way.
“While I welcome the fact that customers can use their local Post Office for certain services, this is a poor alternative. Without the branches in these communities local businesses will find it increasingly difficult to operate.
“I urge Clydesdale Bank to heed the concerns of local residents and keep these vital local amenities open for business.”