DICKSON BLASTS FIRST TRUST CLOSURE IN CARRICK
East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has blasted the First Trust Bank following a meeting with Mr Des Moore, the banks Director of Personal and Business Banking. Mr Dickson expressed disappointment and frustration on behalf of the banks account holders, particularly charities, churches and personal account holders.
Stewart Dickson MLA said: “The move of accounts to Glengormley will be a massive blow to personal banking customers, especially those without their own transport. There is no direct public transport to Glengormley and to get there customers will have to use two trains or buses there and back, with any customers who are elderly or ill, this is a totally unacceptable situation.
He went on to say: “I consider that the First Trust is abandoning Carrickfergus completely with the additional withdrawal of its the cash machine. Their offer of Internet Banking may be a solution for some but certainly not for all clients.
“This decision will impact adversely on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Local businesses are concerned that due to the now enforced extra travel involved, and the expenses incurred while they have to go about their daily banking duties, that their services will be reduced and they will lose customers whilst costing businesses time and money. They are also concerned that the Post Office will be unable to provide a suitable alternative or full replacement service.
Mr Dickson concluded: “Businesses and customers may wish to download Consumer Council Factsheets regarding alternative banking options at: www.consumercouncil.org/publications Consumers can also get a free copy by contacting the Consumer Council on 0800 121 6022 or via facebook or twitter.”