A CAMPAIGN has been launched to try and prevent RBS shutting down its last-remaining Inverclyde town centre branch.

Local woman Jennifer Cardoo-Cabral has set up an online petition to put pressure on bank chiefs to rethink their proposal to shut the Cathcart Street office in Greenock and open a replacement within the Mortgage Centre.

There has been an angry backlash from the public since the Tele highlighted the plan, with concerns about how those without access to a car, especially elderly and disabled customers, will be able to get to the new branch.

Inverclyde councillor, Jim MacLeod, also raised access and traffic concerns about the idea, branding it 'a nonsense'.

Jennifer was so incensed with the proposals that she decided to start a protest in a bid to persuade bank bosses into a u-turn.

The Greenock woman says Inverclyde has already suffered enough from RBS cuts with several local branches all disappearing in recent years.

She said: "Between closing the branches in Greenock, Port Glasgow, Gourock and Kilmacolm and now this, it's just not going to work.

"I hope people will sign and share the petition and think of our elders, the disabled and those who, understandably, don't trust online or telephone banking.

"We cannot afford to let this branch close.

"I believe that if it does, it will cause a domino effect on Greenock town centre.

"If people can't bank in Greenock then they won't shop here and shops may close down.

"I can't get where they are coming from - we all know pensioners, older people and even younger folk who don't trust online banking.

"I'm not happy with it at all.

"I was in shock when I found out what they are planning."

The UK Government still owns 62 per cent of the bank following the multi-billion pound taxpayer-funded bailout in 2008.

To sign the petition, visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-royal-bank-of-scotland-closing-greenock