Joe has met with Clydesdale Bank bosses to discuss his concerns about their plans to close their Kilwinning branch.
Councillor Cullinane wrote to the Bank last month to oppose their closure plans.
Speaking after his meeting Councillor Cullinane said,
“I met with Clydesdale Bank bosses to outline my opposition to their plans. I made it clear that closing the branch, which has been in the town for around 50 years, would affect their elderly customers who rely more heavily on the banking services available at bank branches. Unfortunately, they have insisted the decision is a commercial one and is “irreversible”.”
“I have been assured that current Clydesdale Bank customers can access 90% of the branch services, such as obtaining bank statements, at the local Post Office. I have also been given a guarantee that all seven staff at the branch will be redeployed and given the chance to state their preferred relocation.”
“Whilst the ATM will be retained I am concerned that Kilwinning Main Street will now have another large empty commercial property. The Clydesdale Bank own the building and plan to put it on the market but it is a big concern that the building may not sell quickly and the last thing we need at this end of the town would be for the building to start deteriorating, especially given it is straight across from the former jobcentre which is in a state of disrepair. I will be keeping pressure on the Bank to see the building brought into use as soon as possible.”