Anger over plan to close town’s Bank of Scot­land branch

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

The Bank of Scot­land in Carnoustie is to shut as part of plans to close 49 branches.

The bank said the clo­sure pro­gramme is partly in re­sponse to chang­ing cus­tomer be­hav­iour and the de­clin­ing num­ber of trans­ac­tions be­ing made in branches.

Carnoustie coun­cil­lor Brian Boyd said: “The Bank of Scot­land has had a very long his­tory in the town and it has al­ways been a well used branch.

“It is so dis­ap­point­ing that the town is go­ing to see another bank clo­sure so soon af­ter RBS pulled out of the town.”

Lloyds said that cus­tomers were in­creas­ingly choos­ing dig­i­tal and mo­bile chan­nels for their bank­ing.

The clo­sures af­fect Lloyds Bank, Hal­i­fax and Bank of Scot­land branches, with al­most 100 jobs axed na­tion­wide.

An­gus South SNP MSP Graeme Dey said: “This is, in my view, a wrong-headed and un­jus­ti­fi­able de­ci­sion and I am seek­ing an ur­gent meet­ing with man­age­ment of the bank to ex­plore it in greater de­tail.

“The ini­tial jus­ti­fi­ca­tion I have re­ceived for the clo­sure de­ci­sion just does not chime with my own ex­pe­ri­ence as some­one who uses the branch.”

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