Lanark bank in debate

Claudia Beamish MSP  (far right) outside the  Lanark Santander branch earmarked  for closure
Claudia Beamish MSP (far right) outside the Lanark Santander branch earmarked for closure

Lanark and Hamilton East SNP MP Angela Crawley has secured a Westminster debate this week on the closure of the Santander Lanark branch.

The Adjournment Debate will take place tomorrow (Thursday) at 5.30pm and a UK Government Minister from the Treasury will respond.

The Lanark closure, planned for July, is part of Santander’s plans to reduce their UK branch network by a fifth.

The first Scottish closure is scheduled for April.

Ms Crawley commented this week, stating: “This is deench is not just an inconvenience – it is hugely important to the community and is a hammer blow to people in Lanark.

“People and businesses in my constituency depend on the face-to-face service they get within their local branch, especially those who are elderly, vulnerable, or live in rural areas.

“Santander must urgently re-think their plans to close their Lanark branch and I will do everything in my power to stop the closure.”

Meanwhile South of Scotland Labour MSP Claudia Beamish held a mimi-demonstration with party members outside the High Street branch.

She said: “This news that Santander are planning to close their Lanark branch is totally unacceptable and I am asking to meet with them urgently.

“My constituents need access to face to face banking. Deliveries of cash from retailers, mortgage advice and support for more vulnerable customers is vital.”