Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Local SNP representatives in Moray have expressed their deep concern over the three bank branch closures in Lossiemouth, Dufftown and Keith announced by the Royal Bank of Scotland. 

Moray MP Angus Robertson said:

“This announcement by RBS is deeply concerning for the three Moray communities who are set to lose a local bank branch, deeply concerning for the hard-working RBS employees who have, in essence, been informed of their likely redundancy and deeply concerning to local representatives like myself who want to see communities thrive. Instead these same local communities are seeing vital services shut down and centralised, causing real consternation about what the future holds. 

“I have today written to the Royal Bank of Scotland expressing these same concerns and the disproportionate impact their decision will certainly have on Lossiemouth, Dufftown and Keith.”

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead said:

“The news that RBS is to close branches in Keith, Lossiemouth and Dufftown will come as a massive blow to their employees and to customers in these communities.
“It is real pity to see such a major Scottish institution withdrawing from Moray towns, particularly in the case of Dufftown as this is the last remaining bank serving the village.  I plan to be in touch with RBS about this decision and I’d be very keen to hear the views of customers in each of the communities affected.”

SNP Councillor for Keith Gary Coull said:

“The closure of the RBS branch in Keith will be a major inconvenience for customers, it removes important skilled local jobs and will leave a prominent empty building in the town’s main shopping street. 

“As an RBS customer myself I can only commend the excellent customer service from the Keith Branch staff and I feel both they and our community have been thoroughly let down by their employer.”

SNP Councillor for Speyside Glenlivet Mike McConachie said:

“I am really concerned by this decision which leaves Dufftown with no bank and with the recent and completely unexpected closure of the Post Office we are facing the situation of a large community with nothing in way of banking services except the most basic cash withdrawal from a cash machine. The bank staff in Dufftown are excellent and I know people in the community will be just as much concerned at the staff losing their jobs as they are on the impact on themselves as customers.”

SNP Council Group Leader and Speyside Glenlivet Pearl Paul said:

“I am shocked by this decision which leaves people in Dufftown high and dry. If a solution to the recent Post Office temporary closure is not found soon then this further announcement by RBS will leave no over the counter banking service in Dufftown and that is very, very worrying. It will make it very difficult in particular for older folk and people without transport to access banking services. It could also be damaging to the tourism sector if visitors have fewer opportunities to access banking. Dufftown is being left out on a limb.”