McAlpine: ‘Santander branch closure plans add insult to injury’

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MSP Joan McAlpine has demanded that Santander reconsider plans to close its local branch in Lockerbie.


The SNP MSP – who is campaigning against similar closures planned by RBS – received news today that the major bank has also taken the decision to close its Lockerbie branch.


Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:


“It beggars belief that Santander bosses would take this decision, especially in the wake of the community vandalism we are seeing from RBS, who are attempting to close branches across the region – including their Lockerbie branch.


“This decision really does add insult to injury for Lockerbie residents.


“Local banking services are vital to communities across Dumfries and Galloway, and many people are still dependent on high street services – this is a lifeline service for some.


“It is extremely important that the banks listen to the needs of customers in the region and recognise that there is a continued need for face-to-face provision as well as cash withdrawal and deposit machines.


“I have written to Santander to seek an urgent meeting on the future of the Lockerbie branch and will urge them to reverse this reckless decision.”