Fight on to save the bank in Bo’ness

Angus MacDonald MSP and Martyn Day MP met with disgruntled Bank of Scotland customers outside the Bo'ness branch which has been earmarked for closure in June this year.
Angus MacDonald MSP and Martyn Day MP met with disgruntled Bank of Scotland customers outside the Bo'ness branch which has been earmarked for closure in June this year.
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Residents are fighting to save the Bank of Scotland branch in Bo’ness after it was revealed it is set to close in June this year.

The bank said all existing customer accounts will be transferred to Linlithgow but many feel this leaves Bo’ness short of essential services.

Martyn Day MP and Angus MacDonald MSP met with concerned Bank of Scotland customers at the weekend and are urging the bank to reconsider the closure.

Angus MacDonald said: “I have been inundated with messages and comments from concerned Bo’ness residents and disgruntled Bank customers, particularly business owners and the elderly.”

He said there is no doubt the way people bank is changing but noted that a large number of customers prefer to do their banking face to face, particularly the elderly who have little or no internet skills or do not trust telephone or online banking services.

He urged the bank to rethink its approach to the closure and suggested a reduction in opening hours might be more appropriate.

He said: “We are calling for the bank to consider operating on reduced days and hours or providing a regular mobile banking service to the town, retaining the ATM at the existing site or at another prominent site in the town centre, and to consider permitting community use of the branch building.”

The branch is due to close on Monday, June 6 and the bank has said it is thought there will be a small number of redundancies on a voluntary basis.