Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, is set to join with Perth and Kinross Council Leader, Ian Campbell, and local residents to petition against the closure of the RBS branch in Aberfeldy on Friday.
Earlier in the week, the Scottish Conservative MSP, wrote to the Chief Executive of RBS, Ross McEwan, to question the decision to remove banking branches in Aberfeldy and Pitlochry.
Under the current plans, both RBS in Aberfeldy and Pitlochry would close their doors to customers with people having to travel to Perth or Blairgowrie to access their nearest branch.
The move has been strongly criticised by small businesses who rely on both sites to bank takings and people without access to strong broadband connections who will be left with limited banking options. Murdo’s letter is attached at the foot of this release.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;
“Local people who rely on either the Aberfeldy or Pitlochry RBS branch are particularly upset by the decision to shut these locations. This means that there is no RBS banking provision in Highland Perthshire with customers facing the prospect of long return journeys to either Blairgowrie or Perth to access their nearest banking services.
“This has consequences for small businesses that regularly cash takings, and people without access to reliable internet connections and I have asked RBS what efforts they are making to help these two types of customer.
“Ultimately, RBS must listen to their customer concerns, removing a physical banking presence in Highland Perthshire is far from ideal and I would encourage banking officials to reconsider the closures in both towns.”