North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne has held a meeting with Ulster Bank Chiefs following the recent announcement about closing the Ulster Bank in Bangor. The MLA added:

‘Following the decision taken by Ulster Bank I arranged an meeting with Bank Officials on Friday of last week to stress the frustration and anger around the plan to close this historic Ulster Bank in Bangor. Despite our strong objections, I am very disappointed that the Ulster Bank are continuing to press ahead with their decision to close the town centre branch in Bangor. This is going to be a real blow to local people who relied on this service in the town for many years and it will also be a further blow to Bangor Town Centre as yet another vital service and outlet will be lost in the town. Many people still rely on a physical bank building, particularly our older population to manage their financial affairs. This is yet another decision which has been taken without any real consultation with those most affected and will leave many people significantly inconvenienced.


There is still an important role for bank buildings where people can meet face to face with bank staff and get the help and advice they need, despite the digital age which we live in. Bangor Town Centre despite recent investment has suffered from closures of popular outlets over the last five to ten years and I fear this latest decision by Ulster Bank will lead to yet another hole being left unfilled and one which will have a knock on impact on local people in Bangor and the wider North Down area. I put directly my concerns to the Ulster Bank Officials, who did listen to the concerns but unfortunately the decisions seems to have been made and unfortunately it looks like the Bank will close in a decision they admitted as being influenced by potential financial savings. I find this unacceptable and I am very disappointed at this decision which will have a knock on impact with local people and the town centre of Bangor. I understand from the meeting I held is that there will be no job losses with any closure, as I understand staff are to be given the opportunity to transfer to other branches.’




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