The Royal Bank of Scotland/NatWest has announced the closure of 158 branches across the UK. 30 are to close in Scotland including three in rural Aberdeenshire.
The cuts will also mean the loss of more than 400 jobs nationwide, many in rural areas.
Commenting on the closures of RBS branches in Banchory, Stonehaven and Westhill North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said:
“This is no way to treat people in the rural North East. When RBS closed the Alford branch they told people to move their local branch to Westhill – now they are closing that too.
“The people of Banchory, Stonehaven and Westhill must be livid. This is very poor business practice and shows a complete disregard for people living and working in rural communities.
“RBS have the gall to call themselves the Bank ‘for’ Scotland. Perhaps they mean ‘for’ urban Scotland? I for one will be suggesting to people that if they no longer have easy access to a local branch they should switch to another bank altogether.”