Gordon Macdonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, reiterated calls from local residents concerned at the closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Juniper Green.
The branch is due to close on the 5th of June 2017 despite assurances at the time of the RBS Balerno closure that the Juniper Green branch would remain open to continue to provide a service to the community.
Gordon MacDonald is disappointed at the decision, commenting “This will have a negative impact on the community that I represent as it is the closure of the last RBS branch in Edinburgh Pentlands constituency. Whilst I accept that there is a move to online banking there is still a need to provide a service to those who are dependent on the branch network. As I have commented previously regarding bank closures in my constituency, it was the taxpayers who bailed-out the banks after the banking crash of 2008, yet the banks do not hesitate to abandon local communities.”
Gordon Macdonald further noted, “Over recent years, RBS have closed four of their branches in my constituency: Fairmilehead, Colinton, Balerno, and at Heriot-Watt University. The Juniper Green branch is the last remaining and I urge RBS to reconsider.”
The Royal Bank of Scotland has been asked to supply its impact assessment on the closure, which is required by the British Bankers Association.