MP blasts bank “eyesore”

The former Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Ellon's Bridge Street
The former Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Ellon's Bridge Street

A local MP has said that the rapid exit of RBS from North East high streets is threatening to leave some parts “looking like a warzone”.

Gordon MP Colin Clark hit out at the bank’s “disorderly withdrawal” which has left the shell of its former Ellon premise to a blight the town centre.

Scottish Conservative Mr Clark has challenged bank bosses to tidy up the location and prevent the Turriff and Banff branches being left in a similar state now they have closed.

Commenting, Mr Clark said: “RBS not only abandoned Ellon but they have left their part of the High Street looking like a warzone.

“The former bank is a complete eyesore.

“Such a disorderly withdrawal looks like a small business that went bust overnight - not a nationwide company.

“Considering the row RBS got into over closures, they could at least spend some money to leave the premises in a fit state.

“But they just ripped the sign off and walked away.

“This undermines local retailers efforts to make Ellon an attractive place to do business.”

Local councillors had previously tried to get the bank bosses to change their mind about the closure by gathering signatures for a petition back in March.

However their efforts were unsuccessful as the Ellon branch was closed for the final time on Thursday, June 7.