Bank urged to retain cash machines at closing branches

Cullen bank one of several branches to be closed.
Cullen bank one of several branches to be closed.

ASSURANCES ARE BEING sought that the Bank of Scotland will continue to service cash machines at branches schedules to be closed in Moray and Banffshire.

Banffshire and Buchan Cost MSP Stewart Stevenson is seeking assurances following the recent announcement of closure for several branches including Cullen.

While the Bank have said they plan to offer a mobile banking facility to all communities affected by the closures, Mr Stevenson is seeking more than that – and has written to the bank seeking an assurance that free cash machines continue to be made available.

Bank affected includes Cullen, Aberlour, Fochabers, Portsoy and Macduff, part of a closure programme involving over 20 Bank of Scotland branches throughout the country.

Mr Stevenson said: “It was disappointing to hear of the proposed closures of three Bank of Scotland branches within my constituency.

“I have received assurances from Bank of Scotland that staff in the Cullen Portsoy and Macduff branches will be redeployed and customers will be able to access counter services through mobile banking.

“Nevertheless, I am writing to Bank of Scotland to express my concerns and to seek clarification on whether the ATM service, which all of these branches possess, will remain available.

“As well as convenience for customers, tourism is very important along the Moray Firth Coast and access to cash machines is clearly very useful if we want tourists to spend money locally.”