RESIDENTS in Trillick have been warned that their local 24 hour ATM – the only one in the village – is under threat of being ripped out unless the number of transactions significantly increase over the coming months.
Jonny Mills from Joseph A Mills & Son Petrol Station in the village has the cash machine on his premises but has been warned by the operators, Cash Zone, that more usage is required for it to be permanently retained.
He told the Herald: “I got a phone call from Cash Zone who installed the machine to say that they are struggling to meet targets to keep our local 24 hour ATM running at our site in Trillick. They say it’s costing them more money because there aren’t enough transactions taking place.”
Jonny is having a meeting with a representative from Cash Zone at the beginning of May to try to keep the ATM in the area.
He is now appealing for locals and passers-by to use this facility as much as possible in order to make sure it remains in place.
“Cash Zone have told us that unless we can both come to some sort of agreement, the machine will have to be pulled out. We had to go to a lot of expense to have it installed in the first place around four years ago by building a bunker and buying a secure door.
“With local bank closures taking place we all need this facility in our everyday life and we lobbied hard to get this 24 access to cash. It’s a pity to have got such a good local facility up and running to now find that it might be taken away from us again. If the machine isn’t used more, the likelihood is that it will have to go.”
Jonny added: “If people use the machine and for example need out £100 pounds, I would urge them to please do two transactions of £50 or a few transactions as this will increase the volume. “Hopefully this will get the ATM up to the required monthly transactions which are necessary to keep this facility up and running in our village.”
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