Gordon MP Richard Thomson, who represents Dyce, and SNP councillor for Dyce, Bucksburn and Danestone Neil MacGregor have met with senior officials from Bank of Scotland to discuss the closure of the bank’s Dyce Branch.
Lloyds Banking Group have confirmed the Dyce Branch will close on 5 July citing the growth in people using online banking.
Speaking after the meeting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“It’s a particular concern that there has been a significant exodus of bank branches from Dyce and while that means the Post Office will certainly benefit from increased footfall which will help to further anchor that facility, this is nevertheless a significant retreat from the high street by the major banks and represents a loss of function to Dyce.
“One of the concerns when bank branches close is for vulnerable customers and Cllr MacGregor and myself were particularly anxious that their needs are accommodated as far as possible. I’m pleased that the bank has given a commitment their Dyce-based staff will work with vulnerable customers to help them with the transition to accessing services at the local Post Office.”
Councillor Neil MacGregor added:
“It remains a disappointment that the Bank of Scotland are intent on withdrawing from Dyce, leaving a void in terms of the range of services people are able to access locally.
“The commitment to work with vulnerable customers is welcome and they will also be able to nominate a ‘trusted person’ should they have a need to allow someone to help them with their banking. Anyone with a need for this type of support should contact the staff at Dyce branch in the first instance.
“We also touched on the future of the building, which is owned by the bank. Should it not be acquired by a new owner fairly quickly, the bank has given a commitment to me that they would be very open to working with a community group should a community use for it be identified.”