Joe has written to the Clydesdale Bank to state his opposition to the proposed closure of the banks Kilwinning branch.
It was announced last week that the Kilwinning branch is amongst 19 branches across the country that are planned to close later this year.
Councillor Cullinane has raised concerns about the banks existing customers in Kilwinning as well as potential job losses.
Speaking after sending his letter Councillor Cullinane said,
“The Clydesdale Bank’s brand moto is “We care about here”. I am sure there are a few Clydesdale Bank customers in Kilwinning who will be questioning these hollow words given the banks plans to close their local branch.”
“As far back as I can recall there has been a Clydesdale Bank branch in Kilwinning and its closure would be a loss to the town – not only to the banks local customers but also those who are employed in the branch.”
“I believe we need fundamental changes in our banking system from top to bottom. Too many towns are seeing bank branches close leaving a gap in banking services for local people. Kilwinning may still have an RBS branch and of course we have our wonderful credit union, 1st Alliance, but other towns, such as Stevenston was when the Clydesdale branch closed there a number of years ago, are left with no banking service. This is simply unacceptable and needs to be challenged. That’s why I have written to the Clydesdale Bank about their plans – to stand up to protect a local service that people have relied upon and to fight for the associated jobs.”
Councillor Cullinane added,
“As a big supporter of 1st Alliance Credit Union I would certainly encourage any Clydesdale Bank customer who is considering closing their account to retain a local banking service to consider joining 1st Alliance.