Graeme and councillors Lloyd Melville and Julie Bell are pledging to seek the removal of obstacles to Monifieth and Kirriemuir joining Carnoustie in securing a Banking Hub.
Further to the successful opening of a new Hub in Carnoustie, there has been considerable interest in the same being provided to two other towns in Angus, neither of which has a bank.
On Monday (7 August) the three SNP politicians met with representatives of LINK Cash Access Team to explore this aspiration.
LINK is responsible for assessing a location’s needs after a bank or building society makes a change to its network, looking at what other services are available locally, the size of the location (people and number of shops) and determine whether the community needs a new hub.
A community can also request a review itself. LINK will then independently assess the needs of that community using the same criteria.
Unfortunately, LINK advised that neither Monifieth nor Kirriemuir meet the current criteria due to having too few cash retailers in the town centres and meeting the population requirement of 7000 adults.
Additionally, Monifieth is said to be too close in proximity to two banks in Broughty Ferry – although this is soon to be one as RBS close their branch.
In response the trio pointed out that the towns don’t just serve their immediate populations but also surrounding communities.