Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Moray’s MP Angus Robertson joined local campaigners in Aberlour to collect petition signatures against the closure of the Clydesdale Bank.

Aberlour Branch of the Clydesdale Bank is the last remaining bank in the whole of Speyside, an area that sees tens of thousands of tourists visiting every year.  

The petition was organised by local campaigner Louise Laing, who lives in nearby Rothes, which lost its own banks several years ago.

Angus Robertson MP said:

“I was pleased to join Louise Laing and other local campaigners in Aberlour in support of the campaign to prevent the closure of the Clydesdale Bank.

“This is the last High Street bank in Speyside, which covers an area from Tomintoul to, Aberlour, Dufftown and Rothes and many other villages in between.

“For residents reliant on public transport it could mean a round trip of a full day using 6 buses to reach Keith, where the accounts are to be transferred to.

“I am urging the bank to reverse this decision, which will be damaging to local businesses and cause havoc for residents and businesses alike.”

Louise Laing said:

“To lose the last High Street bank in the whole area would be an absolute travesty. We are an area with a large number of tourists, which makes access to cash services and over the counter banking really important.

“This is a short-sighted decision by the Clydesdale Bank but we are not prepared to take it lying down in Speyside. I set up a petition online, which has already got hundreds of signatures and the support in Aberlour was fantastic. People feel really strongly about this and we will fight it tooth and nail.”