MSP Carol Mochan has hit out at potential plans to close Cumnock's final bank branch.

The South Scotland representative spoke after it was revealed that the Bank of Scotland branch on Cumnock's Glaisnock Street is set to close next year.

We revealed earlier this month that Lloyds Banking Group, which owns the Bank of Scotland, plan to close the branch in February 2024, due to the number of customers dropping in the branch.

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Lloyds Banking Group added that the nearby Post Office, which is a three-minute walk away at 17 Lugar Street, offers personal and business customers everyday banking services, access to cash, paying in of cheques, and more.

They added that the nearest free-to-use ATM is a short walk away (0.1 miles), and there are seven free-to-use ATMs within two miles of the closing branch.

Not too long ago Cumnock had four bank branches - but now it looks like it could be without any.

This is a decision that MSP Carol Mochan hopes can be reversed.

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She said: “The closure of the final bank branch in Cumnock will be very unpopular among my constituents in the local area, as it illustrates the wider closure of local services in towns and villages across East Ayrshire.

“Access to high street banks is important for businesses and households in rural areas, where elderly people in particular lack the same access to digital services.

“I hope that Lloyd’s Banking Group will reconsider their decision, so that constituents in and around Cumnock can continue to access the full range of services their counterparts all across the country enjoy.”