Decision to close First Trust Ballycastle branch “disgraceful”

27 07 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has strongly criticized First Trust for their proposed decision to close their local Ballycastle branch.
The announcement that the branch will close at the end of business on November 9 this year came after a comprehensive review of branch usage.

Cllr Cunningham said: “This is a disgraceful decision which puts profits ahead of local services.

“I will be asking for an urgent meeting to make a case for the Ballycastle branch.

“As a local council, we have been trying to improve services in Ballycastle so it is a shame to see a bank try and undo some of that good work.

“The closure will mean customers have to travel to Coleraine for their next nearest branch.

“While two other major banks – Northern and Ulster – have branches in Ballycastle, this is a blow for all customers, particularly those who have mobility problems.

“Not everyone is able to use internet or telephone banking, so this announcement will disadvantage them.”

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27 07 2012
Gerry Mc Goldrick

Well said Donal ! And why was there customers told through facebook and not even from the bank themselves? I’m not a customer with the bank myself but some of my friends and family are and as you so they are not all able to use 24 hour banking and internet banking. . Glad to see someone is going to try and do something about it ..

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