Moray SNP News
Lloyds Banking Group have confirmed to Richard Lochhead MSP that they are considering the request to give Keith and Lossiemouth branches a stay of execution and that he can expect a decision in the coming days.
Mr Lochhead met with Lloyds Banking Group in December along with community representatives from Keith and Lossiemouth and Moray’s MP. At the meeting the strength of feeling in the communities was conveyed to the bank and the case was made for keeping the branches open, particularly with regards to Lossiemouth due to it being the last bank branch in the town.
“I wrote to Lloyds Banking Group again this week to follow up on the meeting in December and have been advised that our plea for a stay of execution is being considered, and that we should expect to receive a response in the coming days.
“At our meeting we conveyed the strength of feeling in Keith and Lossiemouth over the closures and put forward a powerful case for keeping the local branches open – particularly in Lossiemouth with the expansion of RAF Lossie and the fact this the Bank of Scotland is the last remaining bank in the town.
“I hope that the bank are seriously considering the strong arguments that were made at the meeting and the communities get the stay of execution they’re fighting for. The bank admitted at the meeting that the savings they’d make by closing the branches were negligible – if that is the case then there’s no reason why they can’t drop their plans to close their branches in Keith and Lossiemouth.
“The communities involved will be eagerly awaiting a decision from the Bank of Scotland to end the uncertainty and allow our communities to decide next steps.”