The chairman of Queensferry Ambition, the Reverend David Cameron, has commented on Clydesdale Bank’s plans to close its South Queensferry branch this May.
The Reverend Cameron said Queensferry Ambition was “very disappointed” at the announcement and would be seeking a meeting with the bank and other stakeholders to see “how we can protect this vital asset”.
He said: “While we can understand the bank’s position, we are nevertheless very disappointed by the news for Queensferry and for the local staff. The bank is very much part of the community with a long-standing service to the town and has a prime position within the High Street. The nearest branch is some six miles away - which in the context of Queensferry is a very long distance across a motorway network, with access via public transport particularly challenging.
“The branch, remote as it is to Edinburgh, will be a great loss of a vital service to the community and this at a time of significant growth in the population. It is also at a time when we are working hard to attract people and businesses to Queensferry and consequently a bitter blow to all. We will seek a meeting with the Bank and other stakeholders locally to see how we can protect this vital asset and the local contact with bank staff.”
The Clydesdale Bank said this week it plans to close around 40 branches around the country.