Bank of Scotland closures in Highlands

6 April 2017

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant said she was extremely disappointed about the Bank of Scotland’s Highland closure list and would be taking it up with bank chiefs asking for a change of heart.

“I could see the writing on the wall in 2015 when the bank ploughed ahead with reducing hours at its Bonar Bridge, Helmsdale and Dornoch branches against the local community’s wishes,” she said.

“It is another nail in the coffin for rural services and rural jobs and I am extremely disappointed.

“No doubt the bank will say it will be investing in digital services but many elderly customers do not like internet banking and particularly with so many scams doing the rounds, many people like to talk to bank staff face-to-face.

"And, many areas still have woeful Broadband connectivity.

 “It really highlights the lack of investment that the big banks are making in the Highlands. It’s really a poor show.”

 The branches listed are :

Beauly, Highland

Bonar Bridge, Highland

Dornoch, Highland

Fortrose, Highland

Helmsdale, Highland

Kingussie, Highland

Lairg, Highland