Hammer blow to southsiders as Clydesdale bank closes doors on Giffnock branch.

Clydesdale bank are closing the doors on the Giffnock branch.
Clydesdale bank are closing the doors on the Giffnock branch.

The bank is closing 40 branches north of the border with, it is expected, around 200 job losses.

The closure follows hot on the heels of the TSB’s closure of their Newton Mearns branch, and the Royal Bank of Scotland shutting two branches on the southside.

Clydesdale Bank said the move is part of £350m project to “reshape” its services towards electronic banking.

Customer banking director Gavin Opperman added: “While the decision to close any branch is never an easy one, it is important that we, in line with other banks operating in the UK market, continue to respond to changes in the way customers want to bank with us.

“The changes announced today continue our journey towards a model that combines an enhanced digital platform with a right sized branch network; allowing customers to interact with us through a wide range of channels - mobile, online, telephone, in-branch - whenever and however they want.”

East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald has expressed her disappointed at the announcement by Clydesdale Bank that it plans to close its branch in Giffnock, highlighting the issue at Business Questions at Westminster. East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald has expressed her disappointed at the announcement by Clydesdale Bank that it plans to close its branch in Giffnock, highlighting the issue at Business Questions this morning at Westminster.

The local MP has demanded a meeting with bank bosses in order to outline her concerns about the proposed closure and urge a rethink. Ms Oswald is also seeking assurances from Clydesdale Bank that everything possible is being done to minimise the impact of its decision on customers and staff should the proposed closure go ahead.

Clydesdale Bank has said it plans to close its Giffnock branch on 15 June 2017 with customers being advised that their accounts will be moved to its Shawlands branch.

Kirsten commented: “I am deeply disappointed that Clydesdale Bank has announced proposals to close its branch on Fenwick Road, Giffnock. This will have a devastating impact on a number of local businesses and customers who rely on this branch for their banking services, not to mention the branch staff who may be facing redundancy as a result of this decision.

“The local community has been hit badly by bank closures in recent years, with a recent investigation by consumer watchdog Which? showing that East Renfrewshire is one of the worst affected areas in the whole country.

“Residents in East Renfrewshire are rightly concerned about being asked to travel further to access banking services, with local branch closures negatively impacting elderly and disabled customers in particular. I am concerned that this decision by Clydesdale Bank has been taken without consulting the local community and I have asked for a meeting with them to outline my concerns.

“I will be seeking assurances that everything is being done by Clydesdale Bank to retain local banking services and ensure that the impact on customers and staff is minimised as much as possible.”

Commenting on the proposed closure Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw said: “I am concerned about the proposed closure of the Clydesdale branch in Giffnock and have tabled a motion in The Scottish Parliament to ensure these concerns are heard.

“This follows on from the recent closure of TSB, Netwon Mearns and many residents will be left concerned about how and where they are going to do their day to day banking.

“There is the opportunity to use the banking facilities in your local Post Office in place of an official branch, yet that is subject to the continuation of the local Post Office which is never a surety.

“Following intimation of this proposed closure I have contacted Clydesdale to clarify that the regulatory requirements of consultation have been complied with and to seek a meeting in early course to ensure the interests of Eastwood customers are not disregarded.”

East Ren Council have also said that they will provide assistance to those affected.

Council Leader Jim Fletcher said: “This is disappointing news for Giffnock as it is a well-used branch by many of our residents. I’m pleased that our Work EastRen team has already been in touch with the branch because I know it will be a time of great uncertainty for all the staff. Any support and advice which the Council can provide through our Work EastRen service will be made available throughout this difficult process and I would urge the staff to take advantage of this. The team will be able to advise what options might be available following this decision.”