Following Clydesdale Bank’s decision to close their St Andrews branch in August, North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins and St Andrews councillor Ann Verner have met with Clydesdale representatives to challenge them on the closure.
On Monday, the local MP and councillor met with representatives of the bank to make them aware of the impact the closure will have, particularly on many elderly residents.
Mr Gethins said that many constituents have been in touch to express concerns since the bank announced its plans to close the branch.
He said, “There are a number of common issues affecting customers, many of whom have loyally banked with Clydesdale for decades as well as some who live elsewhere in North East Fife and moved to the St Andrews branch when their own branches closed.”
In the meeting, Mr Gethins outlined the benefits of the St Andrews branch, such as its accessibility. With customers being able to park very close, “this is an important feature for pensioners and the less mobile.”
Mr Gethins made clear that this will not be the case in Dundee, where the bank is “within the pedestrianised zone and parking nearby is very difficult.”
Mr Gethins raised concerns expressed by small business owners who will lose access to cash as well as the impact of losing an ATM for residents, students and tourists, who are all important to the local economy.
He added, “St Andrews is a busy town, there may be other banks but this one is also in a central location and important to those working, shopping or visiting bars and restaurants in the town.”
Like Santander, Mr Gethins has asked for this ATM to be retained if possible.
St Andrews councillor Ann Verner had also been contacted by constituents concerned about the closure.
Ms Verner said, “It was good to meet with Clydesdale Bank and express just how worrying this is. St Andrews does have a lot of elderly residents and it is all very well saying ‘go online’, but not everyone wants to and not everything can be done online.”
Ms Verner also enquired about the job security of those employed by Clydesdale Bank at present and about what will happen to the building.
Following the meeting, Clydesdale Bank representatives agreed to address the concerns of Mr Gethins and Ms Verner in writing so they can share this information with constituents.