RESIDENTS of Prestwick have slammed TSB for reducing opening hours of their local branch, after bosses announced that it will only be opening two days a week.

The town’s last remaining bank will see its doors only open on a Tuesday and Friday, leaving the local community without access to services 3 days out of the working week.

TSB announced last week that they will be reducing opening times at local branches across Scotland. In addition, four branches have been earmarked for closure.

Prestwick TSB on the High Street is an essential service used by many.

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One resident branded the decision to go from five days to three as a “disgrace” and insisted that they will move away from banking at the branch after a lifetime spent going there.

Jim, 62, from Prestwick said: “I’m going to move my bank to First Direct.

That way I can use the post office and still access services.

“I’ve been a TSB customer since I was born, that’s 62 years and its just a shame. All the banks are closing everywhere.”

Another resident agreed that they would look to move elsewhere.

Lindsay Baker, 62, from Prestwick said: “I’m not happy with it. I do use online banking but I come and pay cheques in here.”

A local business owner thinks the cut service days will be “disastrous” for the elderly community.

Helen Dobson said: “That bank is really busy, and that cash machine is really busy. This is our last functioning bank in Prestwick. It’s just disastrous, especially for old people.”

A TSB spokesperson said: “There are no job losses as part of these changes and we are currently writing to customers of the branches impacted by the announcement.”