A pay to use cash machine is now free to use at the Key Store in the Corseford area of Johnstone as part of LINK’s Community Request Initiative.  

Corseford is a large residential that has a number of shops nearby including a pharmacy, takeaway and convenience stores . There were three pay to use cash machines available but there were no free cash machines in the area.

Until now, residents would have travel to the nearest free ATM in Kilbarchan which wasn’t ideal as it’s just under a mile away.

LINK visited the town following a request from the local MP Mhairi Black and following the visit, LINK decided the area needed better provision and through its Community Request Initiative, the former 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 across the UK. The machine in Corseford is the 10th community ATM to go live in Scotland. Communities can apply for support for free access to cash and LINK will investigate each case raised and where possible, fund the ATM directly.

Mhairi Black, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, said: “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.

“People have enough problems without worrying about charges at bank machines. I hope that people in Corseford and surrounding areas will benefit from this move.”

LINK’s Head of Commercial Incentives, Ian Vernon: “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.”

Photo Credit: Corseford Key Store