Review of Melrose bank usage ends tomorrow

The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Melrose.
The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Melrose.

The review into the future of the Royal Bank of Scotland Melrose branch, carried out by Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent accountancy firm, will close tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14.

While the branches in Selkirk, Hawick, Jedburgh, Eyemouth and Duns branches closing earlier this year, the bank gave the Melrose branch a six-month stay of execution, asking Johnston Carmichael to do the leg work in what will guide the bank’s decision.

Bank bosses have agreed to be bound by the findings of the review, so customers of Melrose’s RBS had three months to ensure it was kept busy.

And the town’s residents have done all they can to save their last bank, according to local MP John Lamont, who has passed on a number of comments he has received from constituents about the potential closure at the end of the year, and he called for the numerous emails and letters from constituents whichhe sent to RBS before the review was announced to also be taken in to account.

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The review is expected to consider responses received and make its recommendations by the end of September.

Mr Lamont said: “Hundreds of residents, businesses and community groups have sent me emails or letters, attended my public meeting or signed my petition opposing the closure of this RBS branch.

“It is clear that there is huge public opposition to the plans, which will harm the high street and force residents to travel to do their banking.

“Melrose has put up a good fight for the last bank in town. Certainly whenever I’ve been passing, the branch has been well used, so residents have certainly been making the effort.

“I really hope the review is sensible and recommends the branch stays open.”