And SNP MSP Roseanna Cunningham, who lives in Crieff, pulled no punches when delivering her assessment of Glasgow Labour councillor Sohan Singh – who Ms Cunningham alleged was the mothballed hotel’s owner until relatively recently.
She said: “I was very disappointed to learn of this decision by RBS. It was clearly unsustainable for them to continue to carry out their business from a portacabin but this news has come as an absolute bombshell.
“I am now looking to set up a meeting to discuss this latest news and I will, of course, be doing all I can to try and persuade them to change their mind as I believe the closure will be a real blow to RBS customers in Crieff.”
Ms Cunningham said she was angry that Cllr Singh’s “abject failure” to maintain or redevelop the historic hotel had placed RBS in such a difficult position.
She said: “For an elected representative to treat any community with the disdain Cllr Singh has shown towards Crieff is an absolute disgrace.’’
Meanwhile, local Mid Scotland and Fife Conservative MSP Liz Smith criticised Perth and Kinross Council for not enforcing a Serious Disrepair Notice or Compulsory Purchase Order on the hotel owners.
A spokesperson for RBS said: “Despite our best efforts, we cannot safely reopen the branch because of the disrepair of the Drummond Arms Hotel. As an interim measure, we have been renting a portacabin from the council, however, this is not a long-term solution and as a result, we have taken the difficult decision to close the branch on June 19.”
The six staff who work in the Crieff branch will be redeployed where possible.