Gavin Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has joined members of the local community to gather signatures for his parliamentary petition to try and save the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Renfrew town centre.
On Friday morning, a group of community activists and Gavin Newlands MP spoke to shoppers in Renfrew about the popular branch closing down, hearing about the anger local people feel about this planned closure.
Since this decision was announced, Mr Newlands has been gathering signatures to a petition that he will present to the House of Commons, urging the UK Government to intervene to save the bank branch in Renfrew.
Photo: Susan Anderson signing the petition with Gavin Newlands MP
Mr Newlands, said: “The people of Renfrew are angry and disappointed by the decision of RBS to close their popular town centre branch. This has been evidenced by the number of local people and businesses who have signed my parliamentary petition to save this vital bank branch.
“Last Friday morning, along with community activists, I collected more signatures to this petition, hearing from local people about how this closure will impact on their ability to do their banking and pay their bills. In addition to locals I spoke to one family who had come to use the Renfrew branch after attempting to use the Cardonald and Govan branches, both of which were closed.
“The people of Renfrew have shown loyalty to the RBS over the years, including helping to bail out the bank in 2008. RBS, which we as taxpayers still own, should now repay that loyalty by reversing the ridiculous decision to close the branch.”
Sadie Currie, from Renfrew, who joined Gavin in collecting signatures, said: “The RBS branch in Renfrew is an important service for many local people, particularly older people who are not as comfortable using online banking. The decision to move all their services to Paisley is also not suitable as there is no direct bus link to that branch, making it extremely difficult for older people and those with a disability to complete their banking. I hope the strength of feeling towards this decision by the people of Renfrew will force RBS to abandon their plans to close the branch.”
Photo: local activists including Sadie Currie, in the front row on the left