East Lothian is to lose three banks

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Three banks in East Lothian are set to close.

The Clydesdale Bank in Haddington is earmarked for closure on July 24 this year as part of a cash saving exercise. Twenty-eight branches across the UK are affected. Frontline staff will move to other branches in the area. Musselburgh will be the nearest branch for customers.

The Royal Bank of Scotland is also closing its branches in East Linton and Longniddry.

An RBS spokesman said: “More and more of our customers are using alternative ways to bank with us, such as online and telephone banking or using their mobile phone. As a result, we seen the number of people using the branch fall significantly over the last few years and we’ve made the difficult decision to close the East Linton and Longniddry branches on June 25.

“We’ve advised staff and we’re writing to our customers to make them aware of the different ways they can bank with us. If customers are concerned about how this will impact on their banking, they can go into the branch where staff will be happy to discuss the alternative options available.”

The East Linton branch is open nine to eight hours a week, with 25 customers using it on a regular basis. The number of customers has dropped by more than 15 per cent since 2011.

The Longniddry branch is open for eight hours a week, with 17 customers using the facility regularly.

East Lothian’s MSP Iain Gray said: “These branch closures will clearly be of great concern to RBS customers in East Linton and Longniddry. I understand that RBS is engaging with the customers affected and I hope that they will be able to find suitable alternative solutions. It is also worrying that the closure of county bank and building society branches appears to be developing into a trend. Fewer branches means less choice and more inconvenience for customers, and this is particularly damaging in smaller rural communities.”

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