Coresford residents to benefit from free to use cash machine

By Emylie Howie

Coresford residents now have access to a new free to use cash machine.

And the Johsntone facility comes as a result of Mhairi Black MP requesting a free to use machine for the community through LINK’s Community Request Initiative.

The free machine will now be based at the Keystore in Ness Avenue.

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Corseford has a large residential area with several schools and a local nursery, and it also has an elderly community. However, while there are a small number of shops nearby including a pharmacy, local takeaway and convenience store, until now the area was served by three pay to use cash machines.

Residents were forced to travel to the nearest ATM in Kilbarchan – over half a mile away.

MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South Mhairi Black, told Renfrewshire Live: “Access to banking facilities is continually declining across Renfrewshire and ATM’s that charge for the service are popping up all over the place, the Community Request Initiative from LINK is a great chance to get access to free cash into the areas that need it.

“I hope that people in Corseford and surrounding areas will benefit from this move.”

LINK met with Mhairi earlier this year to discuss how they can improve access to cash in Renfrewshire and wanted Mhairi’s input into areas that may benefit from this facility.

Following the visit, LINK decided the area needed better provision and through its Community Request Initiative, the pay to use ATM at Keystore on Ness Avenue is now free to use.

Since its launch, more than 65 free to use ATMs have been installed through LINK’s Community Request Scheme.

Communities can apply for support for free access to cash and LINK will investigate each case raised and where possible, fund the new ATM directly.

This is the tenth community-requested ATM to go live across Scotland.

LINK’s Head of Commercial Incentives, Ian Vernon added: “People shouldn’t have to pay to access cash and in Corseford, it wasn’t easy for all residents to travel to the nearest free to use ATM.

"That’s why we created the Community Request Initiative and that’s why we’re delighted to help.”

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