Local MP Brendan O’Hara in urgent plea to Argyll and Bute residents to engage in branch closure consultation


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Local MP, Brendan O’Hara is urging all residents of Argyll and Bute to engage in the branch consultation for the proposed closure of Inveraray RBS, one of only ten branches granted a temporary reprieve following the successful intervention by the SNP earlier this year.

Next week, on the 8th August 2018, the firm of Johnston Carmichael will be visiting Inveraray to meet with local residents on an appointment basis to discuss concerns about the closure of local Inveraray branch of RBS, the last bank in town.

Commenting, Brendan O’Hara said:

“Despite short notice, I’ve made every effort on social media to reach constituents close to the Inveraray branch of Royal Bank of Scotland, urgently advising them to make an appointment with Johnston Carmichael when they visit the town early next week.

“it is absolutely vital that residents speak to the consultants to make their views clear on the devastating impact the closure of the only bank left in the town will have.

“It is unacceptable that a bank, 73% of which is tax-payer owned is allowed to close the only bank left in town.  This comes at a time when the local tourism industry is booming.  RBS’ proposal contradicts everything that both the local authority, Argyll and  Bute Council and the Scottish Government are doing to boost rural communities such as Inveraray. 

“The tide is turning in favour of rural Argyll and Bute and just as we’re on the cusp of reviving our prospects, RBS’ proposal is a potential body-blow to the town.  We need to speak out, now.  After the bailout RBS received from each of us as taxpayers ten years ago, their actions now, at this time, is a grotesque breach of confidence.

“I am furious at RBS’ lack of consideration for our constituencies well-being, we need each and every one of you to make your views known to Johnston Carmichael and make sure they are left in no doubt about the depth of feeling about this proposal.”

Appointments with Johnston Carmichael can be made directly on their website at https://johnstoncarmichael.com/rbsbranchreview or To book an appointment, please telephone 01224 259 353 between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.