Fears over free ATMs
FRESH fears have been raised over access to cash as figures suggest free-to-use ATMs are vanishing at an “alarming” rate of more than 250 per month.
Cash machine network Link released figures showing a 1,300 fall in the number of free-to-use ATMs between the end of January and the start of July, taking the total to 53,200.
Link has committed to maintain the broad geographical coverage of the ATM network in the UK and to publish data on progress. THE PRINCE OF WALES was welcomed by a Northumbrian piper as he started a series of engagements in the North East.
Charles started his two-day trip to Northumberland yesterday by visiting The Sill, a national landscape discovery centre, where he was told about the range of learning and research activities carried out at the venue.
Charles met local schoolchildren at the site, which is based in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall and opened in July 2017 at a cost of £14.8 million.
He could be heard jokingly asking the youngsters whether they were going to be given lunch, and he laughed when one enthusiastically nodded in reply to his question on whether they had learnt something during their visits to the centre.
He and a teacher agreed that the children seemed “well-trained”.
Charles also met with staff from The Sill’s 86-bed youth hostel and discussed the business with them.
It was the first of many engagements in the county, with Charles going on to have a tour of Hexham Abbey, before visiting the birthplace of heritage gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and the Kielder Salmon Centre.
tour of Hexham Abbey to see the restoration of the roof and