Concerned South Mountain resident launches petition against planned closure of Scotiabank in community

Theresa Bergeron, above, has launched a petition in an attempt to prevent the planned closure of Scotiabank in South Mountain.

SOUTH MOUNTAIN — A resident of this community has launched a petition urging Scotiabank to keep its South Mountain branch open.

Thereson Bergeron’s ‘Keep our bank open’ petition at (visit rejects Scotiabank’s plan to have current South Mountain clients move accounts to its Kemptville branch, 20 to 30 km away. “Kemptville is no longer a rural town,” the petition states. “It is an Ottawa satellite with traffic congestion.”

Earlier this month, Scotiabank informed South Mountain clientele about its intent to close the branch effective June 18, 2020. The bank’s mail-out promises residents better one-on-one financial services in Kemptville, but the petition says they already receive “amazing” one-on-one attention from the staff at the South Mountain branch, which draws customers from “Hallville, Mountain, South Mountain, Inkerman, Brinston, Dixon Corners and Glen Stewart and the farm enterprises in between.”

The petition highlights Scotiabank’s reference to its enclosed digital banking services brochure and alleges the bank simply wants to move all banking online “so that they can cut staff costs to increase the $9-billion in net profits that they made in 2019.”

Bergeron is also raising the alarm about a new “red sign in the window that the full service ATM will be removed, which means no services in South Mountain at all.”

As of yesterday evening, the petition had collected 107 signatures, she says.



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