MSP Joan McAlpine is to highlight the importance of retaining local ATM machines throughout Dumfries and Galloway in a parliamentary debate.
The MSP – who has campaigned against the closure of local branches and cash machines - will speak in a debate on the subject this Wednesday.
Ms McAlpine commented:
“I will be speaking on Wednesday to highlight how vital local banking services are to communities across Dumfries and Galloway.
“I have campaigned alongside dedicated community activists against the threatened closures of branches and ATM machines by RBS.
“Last week I was appalled to receive notification from Santander that they too have plans to close a branch in Lockerbie – and I am in the process of establishing a meeting with bosses.
“It is time for banks to listen to the needs of their customers in the region and recognise that there is a continued need for face-to-face provision as well as cash withdrawal and deposit machines. These are life line services for many.
“I look forward to contributing the debate on Wednesday, and using it as another opportunity to highlight the community vandalism being perpetrated by the banking sector.