The Bank of Scotland has announced that the branch in Turriff has been earmarked for closure.
The branch at 15 High Street is set to close on 30 June 2020. This comes after the branch usage in Turriff decreased by 16%.
Members of staff were informed of the impending closure at a meeting earlier today.
Patrick Leavey, Group Public Affairs at Lloyds Banking, stated that banking functions in Turriff would be replaced by a new mobile branch in the town. The timetable has yet to be established, but mobile branches typically visit for one to three hours a few times a week.
The next closest branches will be Banff & Inverurie, the Huntly branch is also set to close its doors on 6 July 2020.
Gillian Martin MSP for Aberdeenshire East was the first to react saying
As the MSP for Turriff, I am of course deeply disappointed that the Bank of Scotland branch is now set to close, particularly following the closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2018.
Whilst I recognise that branch use has been declining, there are still important and legitimate questions regarding security and disabled access in the alternative banking provision.
As the constituency MSP I am calling on the Bank of Scotland to work with me to put measures in place to provide specific support for vulnerable groups, retain the current cash point and ensure local businesses are supported during this transition period.
It’s clear there is work to be done here, and, as the constituency MSP, I hope that the Bank of Scotland will work with me to listen to the views of the community to ensure there is provision in the Turriff area. I also would like reassurances regarding the redeployment of staff who currently work at Turriff.
You can read the closure review document below