RBS – ‘Here for you’... but not in Buckhaven

editorial image
0
Have your say

BUCKHAVEN’S ‘Bank Corner’ is without a branch for the first time in years after its previous occupier shut up shop.

The Royal Bank of Scotland’s decision to close its facility has frustrated the secretary of a group which is focused on regenerating the area, who described it as a “further blow” to Buckhaven’s commercial centre.

Allen Armstrong, from the Community-Led Environmental Action for Regeneration (CLEAR) group, hit out at the closure, which leaves only the Lloyds TSB branch in Sandwell Street to serve Buckhaven’s 6000 residents.

The Royal Bank, though, told the Mail that customers were given plenty of notice of its intention to close the branch.

Mr Armstrong said: “We understand there has been a bank on this site for many years – hence the name – occupying the attractive C-listed building on the corner of Randolph Street and Church Street.

“RBS is now more than 85 per cent owned by the British state so perhaps some consideration for local service provision could have been expected.

“Presumably customers who are able to travel are now expected to use the Leven branch, over three miles distant.”

The branch’s outside cash point is also currently out of service to local people, while upstairs windows are boarded up.

A spokesman for RBS said that posters were put up in and around the building, which was only open during the afternoons, before it closed down to advise customers of its plans.