Colin Smyth MSP has brought forward a parliamentary motion against the closure of Stranraer, Troon, Cumnock and Castle Douglas, Clydesdale Bank’s.

The local MSP, who has been campaigning for the local bank branches to stay, has today put forward a motion, and urged all MSP’s to support the campaign to keep the banks on the high streets.

The news comes as Clydesdale Bank announced the closure of 79 local branches across the country, including two in Dumfries and Galloway and a further two in Ayrshire. It now means that customers wanting to go into their local branches face a 50-mile round trip from Stranraer to Newton Stewart. A customer in Cumnock will have to travel 54 miles io Ayr and back to visit their local branch.

The South Scotland MSP is running a petition to gather public support to prevent the closures said:

“I am urging all MSP’s to support my motion to oppose the local branches closing. Having access to your local bank is vital, and expecting people to travel 50 miles to visit their bank is unacceptable.

The people of Stranraer, Troon, Cumnock and Castle Douglas deserve better than that, and the High Street deserves better. We need businesses to support customers, not abandoning them. There will be a number of very unhappy customers that have been very loyal to Clydesdale Bank but now be thinking if it was worth it.

I want all MSP’s, regardless of party, to see the impact this will have on the people of these towns and band together to stop the closure.

Anyone wanting to help the campaign can sign up at .

Alternatively, you can write to other MSP’s urging them to sign the motion and support the fight to save our banks. We need all the support we can get in order to reserves Clydesdale Bank’s decision to close local branches.”

The parliamentary motion reads:

Motion Text:

That the Parliament condemns the proposed closure of the Clydesdale Bank’s Stranraer, Troon, Castle Douglas and Cumnock branches; notes the important role that it considers local bank branches play in rural communities; expresses deep concern that the closure of the branches will result in customers in the South of Scotland having to endure round trips of up to 50 miles to their nearest branches; expresses its sympathy to employees in the branches, whose jobs are now under threat, and calls on the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group to reconsider these closures.


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