David steps up campaign to save Biggar RBS

Clydesdale MP David Mundell has stepped up his campaign to save Biggar’s RBS branch.

Mr Mundell who had already made his opposition known to closures in his rural constituency has now written to Chief Excecutive Les Matheson, urging him to make Biggar a special case for staying opening.

Mr Mundell also made his feelings known to Mr Matheson in person at a meeting in Edinburgh recently where he urged RBS not to turn their back on rural communities.

If the Biggar branch was to close, then a large town in Mr Mundell’s constituency would be left without any branch, which Mr Mundell says is completely unacceptable.

Commenting David Mundell MP said: “I was absolutely dismayed to hear of plans by RBS to close branches across rural communities and it is the clearest sign yet that they are abandoning rural Scotland.

“I was particularly disappointed to see Biggar included on the list of potential closures, which if it were to go ahead would mean a significant town would be left without access to any bank branch.

“That is completely unacceptable and would put our elderly and vulnerable people at risk of a severe lack of access to cash.

“I have now written to Les Matheson, chief executive of RBS asking him to consider Biggar as a special case and I hope that that this request can be met.

“A closure would also be very damaging to the local businesses who rely on the RBS branch to bank cash and carry out transactions.

“Closing the Biggar branch would be very misguided from RBS and I will continue to keep up the pressure on them to keep this vital branch open.”