This petition is yet another clear message to RBS that this decision is vehemently opposed by the community. Thank you to everyone who took the time to sign the petition and they can be assured that I will continue to work with the community to make case for this bank to remain open for business. We are not giving up.”
The fight to save the Campbeltown branch of RBS from closure moved on to the floor of the House of Commons this week when local MP Brendan O’Hara presented a petition to parliament. (Thursday 22 Ma…
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I spent most of today in Inveraray talking to people and business owners about the proposed closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland, the last remaining bank in the town.
I was also there to launch a formal Parliamentary petition which will run over Christmas and the New Year and which I will present to parliament, on the floor of the House of Commons early in 2018.
I’d like to thank Donald Clark, proprietor of the George Hotel and Marian Pallister, the award winning journalist and author for being the first names on the petition.
I visited many businesses in the town and I was delighted that every single business I visited took a pile of petition forms to have on their front counters in the run up to Christmas.
Indeed such was the demand for forms that I ran out and will have to go back up to Inveraray to deliver more.
I can honestly say I have never before experienced such widespread anger in a community and I can’t blame them.
If this ridiculous closure plan happens, then Inveraray, a internationally recognised tourism hot-spot, with a least three substantial hotels, numerous cafes, bars, gift shops, quality clothing retailers and a castle, will have absolutely no banking facilities whatsoever.
I’m sure the levels of anger among the locals wasn’t help by an incredibly insensitive RBS advert in this morning’s Herald, with the slogan “it’s our job to respond to our customers’ changing lives”.
The truth is, rather than responding to their customers’ changing lives, it’s the RBS who are imposing change their customers’ lives.
As the motion I put down in Parliament yesterday says, this decision sends out all the wrong messages and undermines the work that has been and is being done by so many to help with the economic regeneration of Argyll & Bute.
And I repeat the call I made for the majority state-owned RBS to better recognise its social responsibility and stop this brutal closure programme.
I plan to be in Rothesay and Campbeltown in the near future to launch similar campaigns over the RBS decision to close the branches there too.
Campbeltown is one of the most remote towns in Scotland and has been rated as one of the fragile small towns in Scotland. The Picture House has been for decades the town’s only regular, week-on-week, source of culture and entertainment. Its restoration and reopening will be a major landmark in the gradual regeneration of the town, The restored Picture House will become a vibrant centre for film. It will focus especially on children and young people, families, and older people to offer a wide range of experiences and opportunities for participation.
The Picture House is one of the first purpose built cinemas in Scotland, opening in 1913 at a boom time for one of Scotland’s most remote towns on the beautiful but isolated Kintyre peninsula. The Grade-A listed building is unique and survives today as a rare space, largely unaltered from the 1935 re-modelling. Over the years since the Picture House was originally built Campbeltown has suffered a severe economic downturn, but now a significant programme of renewal is under way.
The Picture House itself is undergoing a £3.5m refit, and soon this magnificent building will open its doors to the cinema goers again. The Picture House will become a key cultural, entertainment and social focus for Campbeltown and Kintyre, working with all sections of the community, from schools to cinema audiences to people with a diverse range of interests. The Campbeltown community will have a vital resource, accessible to everyone and which enhances the attractiveness of Kintyre as a place to live, work and visit.
CPH needs audio visual equipment to assist with live stage performances. In the past The Picture House was used as a venue for the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival, now in its 25th year. The use of our venue will greatly increase their opportunity to attract big names in future years. Prior to the start of the restoration Mull Theatre brought their touring production to CPH, which was hugely successful, and we plan to hold more events like this upon reopening.
Scottish Opera also have touring groups; we have plans for a collaboration with Glasgow Film Festival, as well as special events including our own Film Festival in April. These would require specialist equipment to enable film Q&A’s, master classes as well as live music and event cinema. None of these things are currently accessible to the local population.
Campbeltown Picture House Cultural Hub – vote for us now in the Aviva Community Fund