Newtown anger after TheSouthern reveals Royal Bank to close branch

NEWTOWN St Boswells community councillors have sent a strongly-worded protest to bosses at the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Edinburgh over their plans to close the local branch in the village, writes Mark Entwistle.

TheSouthern recently revealed that the bank was to close the branch in October due to what it claimed was a lack of business being conducted in the Newtown premises – this despite the presence of the John Swan & Sons livestock auction mart and the headquarters of Scottish Borders Council.

The Newtown council has written to the bank asking if it was aware of the plans to quadruple the size of the village, which have been drawn up by Scottish Borders Council, at the time it made its decision to close the branch.

“No consultation took place with the village and we are still waiting for some one from RBS to contact us,” community council secretary Roger French told TheSouthern this week.

Meanwhile, the community council is also asking local villagers to give their views on the SBC development plans for the future. A document called the Development Framework can been seen at, while the community councillors have hard copies and the document can also be viewed at SBC offices.

Comments can be sent to or put in the postbox on the noticeboard outside the Co-op, or given to any of the community council officials.

Newtown will also get a new police presence in the village shortly, when Sergeant Robbie Noble takes up his post later this month.