Local MSP Finlay Carson has met with Lloyds BankingGgroup to discuss the impact of branch closures on his constituency.
The meeting comes after Lloyds Banking Group announced they will close five Bank of Scotland branches in Galloway and West Dumfries: Gatehouse of Fleet, Dalbeattie, Wigtown, Port William and Kirkcudbright.
In a meeting with the bank, Finlay highlighted the importance of ensuring that they fully engage with local customers and take every step possible to mitigate the effects of the branch closures on the communities they serve.
Bank of Scotland have made assurances that every town affected by a branch closure will be serviced by a fully accessible mobile branch. Finlay also made the case that it is of great importance that a mobile branch attends busy events such as the Wigtown Book Festival, and he is confident that Lloyds will do all they can to ensure this happens.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said:
“I am disappointed by yet more branch closures in the area. I have met with representatives from Lloyds Banking Group to ensure that they fully understand the concerns of my constituents and that every step is taken to mitigate the impact of branch closures on the communities they serve.
“I received assurances from the bank that a mobile branch will visit every town that is losing its bank on a weekly basis, and that Bank of Scotland will fully consult with its customers to ensure that the mobile branch visits at a convenient time. I am also very pleased to have received assurances that all mobile branches will be fully accessible. I also welcome the commitment made by the bank to offer assistance to customers who would like to do more digital banking.
“I have informed Bank of Scotland of the importance of having a mobile branch at busy festivals such as the Wigtown Book Festival. I am hopeful that this was fully taken on board and am confident that they will do the right thing and ensure that they have a mobile branch at the festival.”