Concern over ‘health risk’ bank building open just two hours a week

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Kind-hearted locals who were clearing up litter around a little used bank in a Moray town have been ordered to stop doing so by staff.

The Bank of Scotland in Burghead is only open for two hours each week and local people have complained for some time about the ‘eyesore’ with its boarded windows and resident pigeon population.

Janet Margaret Glendinning, who works for a contract cleaning company, has been voluntarily taking on the additional task of cleaning up around the building.

However, she has revealed via a social media post that Bank of Scotland staff advised her to stop doing so.

Mrs Glendinning said that she now hopes the building’s owners will take action on what she believes is a “definite health risk”.

She said: “I have regrettably decided to stop cleaning the pavement outside the Bank of Scotland, Burghead Branch on the advice of the bank staff and of Mitie, the contract cleaning company we work for.

“Although it was not part of the job description, we have done it for many years but things got worse and it has become a definite health risk.

“We are hoping that the owners will step up to the crease and get professionals in.

“We do hope the people in Burghead will understand our situation and be patient should the situation worsen in the near future.”

Currently the bank only use the building on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am until 11.30am – nobody was available to discuss the building’s condition last night.

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