Statement by Jim Allister MLA and Cllr William Blair:
Commenting on the news of the closure of the First Trust Bank’s Ballymoney Branch, Jim Allister stated:
“The announced closure of the Ballymoney Branch of First Trust Bank is yet another in a long line of bank closures that are hitting North Antrim. In recent weeks Ulster Bank, Danske Bank and now First Trust have closed or intend to close branches across the constituency.
“This consolidation of branch networks hits hardest those who live in rural areas who will have to travel further to access branch facilities.
“While I welcome that staff are to be offered redeployment or an option for voluntary severance, there simply is no silver lining for customers.”
Cllr William Blair, TUV Ballymoney added:
“It is cold comfort for those in Ballymoney who bank with First Trust that they can access services through the Coleraine branch. People vote with their feet and customers in Ballymoney have alternatives.
“Jim Allister MLA and myself have requested a meeting with First Trust to make our views known.”