Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, and Falkirk MP, John McNally, have called upon the Bank of Scotland to think again, after announcing they are to close their Polmont branch.

The announcement comes amid a series of Bank of Scotland closures, over the past three years, which has meant nearly one in every six branches has closed. Citing a fall in customer demand, and an increase in overlapping branches, Lloyds Banking group, the parent company of the Bank of Scotland, has earmarked their Polmont branch for closure among a list of 23.

Mr. MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East has urged a rethink of this decision. Commenting, he said:

"Banks play an important role in many small communities for both local people who may not have the luxury of broadband for internet banking, or indeed the desire to use it and for local businesses who make transactions in cash and need somewhere secure to deposit it.

“Closing the branch in Polmont would mean having to drive over 12 minutes to the next nearest branch, and with many elderly people having to rely on public transport; this would mean planning a day out simply just to go to the bank.”

“This is very sad news and I will find out and report if these decisions are irreversible and what alternatives are planned for our communities."

Commenting on the news that the Polmont branch of Bank of Scotland is due to close in November, Local MP John Mr McNally said:

“I’m sorry to hear of yet another Bank of Scotland closure in my constituency. These services are the life blood of any area and the communities who live there.

“I trust that the bank will make sure employees who wish to stay on are found suitable work elsewhere and I will help any constituent in any way I can.”

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