Comhairle nan Eilean Siar leader, Roddie Mackay, has condemned the decision to shut
the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Castlebay.
Mr Mackay slammed the lack of consultation with the local community.
He said the RBS has shown “complete disregard” in its “completely unacceptable” move
to axe the island’s only bank.
The next nearest bank is at Lochboisdale nearly 30 miles away by ferry and road.
The closure “will damage an already fragile island economy and impact the decision
making of families considering relocating to the island, employees, visitors, as
well as the many local residents and local businesses which will be affected.”
RBS is 73% owned by the UK taxpayer, “yet it seems to have taken no account of the
public in reaching this decision.
“I will be writing to the Bank asking that it reconsiders this ill-advised decision
and the subsequent impact it will have on the community of Barra.”