The closure of the final bank branch in Cumnock has been pushed back.

Townhead Street's Bank of Scotland was earmarked for closure at the start of next year.

We reported back in June that the Townhead Street branch was due to close its doors on February 12, 2024.

However, following a letter sent out to some customers at the branch, as well as an update on its website, it looks like that date has been postponed until May 29, 2024.

Some customers at the bank are yet to receive a letter confirming this change.

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According to the letter, the decision to delay the closure has been made to allow more time for the planned Banking Hub to be set up in Cumnock.

Opening times of the bank will remain the same up until the closure date.

The decision to close the bank in the first place faced criticism, with Lloyds Banking Group, which owns the Bank of Scotland, initially saying the decision was taken because the number of customers at the branch is falling.

Cumnock Chronicle: MSP Sharon Dowey visited the branch alongside councillors Neill Watts and Alyson Simmons MSP Sharon Dowey visited the branch alongside councillors Neill Watts and Alyson Simmons (Image: Councillor Neill Watts - Cumnock & New Cumnock)

No jobs are set to be at risk, but more details were released to explain the future closure.

A branch review document for Cumnock, released by Bank of Scotland, said: "The world is becoming more digital than ever before and more of our customers are doing their everyday banking online.

"With more customers choosing to use digital ways to bank and manage their money, visits at this branch have fallen.

"As a result, we've made the difficult decision to close it."

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Bank of Scotland has said that it has seen a 29 per cent decrease in personal customers using the Cumnock branch since 2018, and a 38 per cent decrease in business customers.

The information shows that there has been a 27 per cent increase in cash machine transactions over the five years, between January 2018 and 2023.

Despite this, Bank of Scotland plans to close the bank machine at the Cumnock branch, with the closest free-to-use machine located at Asda.

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP, Allan Dorans had said he was against the planned closure, while Elena Whitham, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley said she understood this news would come as a concern to constituents, but that she'll work hard to ensure help is provided.

South Scotland MSP, Sharon Dowey, called the decision to close the bank "frustrating".