Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Richard Lochhead MSP and Councillor Theresa Coull (Keith & Cullen) are seeking the support from members of the Keith community in a bid to save the town’s Bank of Scotland from closure.

The SNP MSP and Councillor have launched a petition to demonstrate that customers of the bank, and others in the town, want to keep the face-to-face contact provided by the branch.

The petition follows letters sent by both politicians urging Lloyds Banking Group to re-consider their decision to close the Keith branch.

Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“Councillor Coull and I have launched this petition as a way to put more pressure of the bank to keep the Keith branch open.

“So many people rely on having access to face-to-face banking in the local community, and the Bank of Scotland are showing complete disregard for their customers with the announcement of this closure.

“Recent reports have shown that Moray has been one of the area’s most hit by recent closures and this latest announcement further compounds that feeling that banks are deserting Moray.

“I urge as many people as possible to sign this petition and send a clear message that the people of Keith want to keep their bank.”

Councillor Theresa Coull said:

“This announcement is a real slap in the face to the Bank of Scotland’s customers and the wider community of Keith.  Many people choose not to use internet banking and need to use the local branch.

“Many vulnerable people and businesses depend on having a local branch and while we are in the fortunate position that we won’t be left without any bank Bank of Scotland customers shouldn’t be put in to the position of having to move banks.

“Keith used to have 5 banks and this announcement will leave us with just 2.  It certainly feels like banks are pulling out of Moray.

“I hope that folk will get behind this petition and make it crystal clear that we want to save our bank.”

Petitions are available in Boogie Woogie, Clark's Pharmacy, Premier Convenience Store, Annands, Baird Chemist, Deli Shop and Paterson's.