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Village RBS branches closing

Cllr Tom Adams has criticised the lack of consultation over plans to close the RBS branches in East Wemyss and Lundin Links. He is pictured at the East Wemyss branch

Cllr Tom Adams has criticised the lack of consultation over plans to close the RBS branches in East Wemyss and Lundin Links. He is pictured at the East Wemyss branch

Local politicians have hit out at plans to close two more Royal Bank of Scotland branches - in Lundin Links and East Wemyss.

Both premises will shut in October following a drop in customer numbers, the bank has confirmed.

The move comes just weeks after RBS announced the closure of branches in Markinch and Thornton.

But the plans have come under fire from local councillor Tom Adams who has criticised the lack of community consultation.

Cllr Adams, who is chairman of Fife Council’s Levenmouth area committee, said: “The branch at East Weymss was threatened with closure six or seven years ago but following a campaign by the community council the branch was kept open on a part-time basis. From what I’m hearing not enough people are using it.

“But it’s a main backbone for the rural community. The nearest bank branch will be Leven and that’s quite a distance for people to travel. It’s disappointing the bank has never consulted anyone. It is the wrong decision - the bank has played a major part in both villages for a long time.”

Councillor Andrew Rodger, councillor for Methil, Wemyss and Buckhaven, said: “It’s sad this has happened. Yes the number of people going to the bank branches is disappointing, but people are just starting to recover from a recession, they haven’t given them a chance to pick up again. The banks may be encouraging people to bank online but many, especially the elderly, don’t do banking online.”

David Torrance MSP added: “This will undoubtedly have an impact on many of my constituents, especially those who are elderly or infirm. Small branches such as this provide a vital service to the community, not only because they are easily accessible, but because they provide the continuity and reassurance many seek in speaking to ‘known faces’.”

An RBS spokeswoman said: “We have taken the difficult decision to close our RBS Lundin Links and East Wemyss branches on October 21 and October 23, 2014 respectively.

“The number of transactions taking place at the Lundin Links branch has dropped by 39 per cent over the last few years. The branch is only open for eight hours a week and only nine customers use the branch on a weekly basis.” She said at the East Wemyss branch, which is open for 15 hours a week, transactions have dropped by 11 per cent with only 28 weekly customers. She said: “Over our whole branch network there has been a 30 per cent drop in branch transactions since 2010, whilst online and mobile transactions have grown by over 200 per cent.”

 

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