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Residents left to travel miles after Dalbeattie loses town's only bank

The nearest banks are now in Castle Douglas or Dumfries Photo: ITV Border

The town of Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway is now without a bank.

The Bank of Scotland branch closed last night, meaning local people will have to travel to Castle Douglas or Dumfries.

It is one of many closures across the region and follows the closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland more than two years ago.

The Bank of Scotland says the closure is down to changes in the way people choose to do their banking.

Local Dalbeattie councillor, Davie Stitt, said:

People are going to be really affected because not everyone has a car or access to busses.

We are bringing a rural bus back in but it's only one day a week roughly, so if you're working where are you going to go to pay transactions?

I think it is absolutely disgusting. I took my business to the Bank of Scotland after the Royal Bank of Scotland closed.

They said they were shutting on a Wednesday a few months later and would only be open four days a week.

This now means there’s no bank in Dalbeattie, the biggest town in the Stewartry.”

– Cllr Davie Stitt, Dumfries & Galloway Council

The nearest banks are six miles away in Castle Douglas or Dumfries, which is nearly 15 miles away.

A spokesperson for the Bank of Scotland said:

A new mobile branch service will visit Dalbeattie, and the other towns of Dalry, Gatehouse, Port William, and Wigtown and will offer services such as making deposits, withdrawing cash and paying bills.”

– Bank of Scotland spokesperson