East Renfrewshire politicians raise concerns as Bank of Scotland in Giffnock to close

Bank of Scotland has announced today that it is to close its Giffnock branch on Fenwick Road.

The bank is to cease trading on 26 February 2018.

Customers' bank accounts are to be "realigned" to the Clarkston branch and ATM services can be accessed via the Royal Bank of Scotland branch, 0.08 miles away from the closing branch.

Commenting on the announcement Eastwood MSP, Jackson Carlaw said:

"With the closure of Wholefoods some may try and spin this as a 'failing high street' story but Giffnock is very much thriving.

"I remain confident that another business will be found to fill this site - Giffnock remains, as ever, a popular area to do business.

"For the 685 Bank of Scotland customers who only use this branch, counter services can be utilised at your local Post Office and there is always the opportunity to take your banking elsewhere."

East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton added:

“Through the work of the Giffnock BID and a whole lot of people behind the scenes Giffnock has really improved and supported its high street.

"The proposed closure of Bank of Scotland will unfortunately come as a shock to many elderly residents and to local businesses who rely on its services.

"With access to services nearby the closure may be mitigated and I would suggest to those angered by this decision to take swift and decisive action to move to another local bank."