Fears overs Burntisland RBS closure plan

The RBS branch in Burntisland
The RBS branch in Burntisland

community councils in Cardenden and Burntisland are urging the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to review its plans to close local branches.

They have sent letters urging a re-think after news broke of the bank’s plans to close the doors in their communities.

Burntisland will shut on on March 11 and Cardenden three days later, with RBS blaming a sharp fall in customer demand.

News of the proposals was met with disappointment in both communities.

Letters have been written to the bank by both Cardenden and Burntisland Community Councils in the hope it will reconsider the closures and offer an alternative solution to completely removing its services from the community.

David Taylor, secretary of Cardenden Community Council, expressed its concerns over the inconvenience and difficulties losing the branch would cause 
to businesses and residents in the village.

A meeting between representatives from RBS and the community council is in the process of being arranged for next week.

Mr Taylor said: “This will allow the bank to explain the rationale behind the closure and for the community council to outline its concerns.”

He added that the community council hoped possible alternatives could be considered - such as reducing opening hours or delaying the closure to allow customers to make their own alternative banking arrangements.

Alex MacDonald, chairman of Burntisland Community Council has written to RBS, statinge closing the branch will be a “major inconvenience” for residents and businesses.

If the closure goes ahead, Mr MacDonald said the community council would have to close its account with RBS as given its statutory role it “cannot reasonably continue” to bank with an organisation not represented in the community.

In his letter Mr MacDonald urged RBS to “offer a more creative solution which will retain a physical presence and continued service in Burntisland”.

Claire Baker, Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, has also contacted RBS about its plans in Burntisland.

She said: “I have written to RBS to express my concerns and I am pleased that they have accepted my request for an urgent meeting to find a conclusion that will be beneficial to the community.”

RBS said a full branch offering is available at the nearby Cowdenbeath branch for Cardenden customers and Aberdour for Burntisland, as well as other options for accessing accounts including online and telephone banking, and the use of any Post Office to pay bills, withdraw cash and check balances.