Residents and businesses will no longer be able to make deposits in Gold River, will have to drive to Campbell River.
Gold River, with a population of about 1200 people is about to lose its only full service banking machine.
“I have a really bad taste in my mouth about RBC and just the big banks in general. TD did it the first time by leaving and now RBC gets us to move all our business to their bank and then they pull their services” said a frustrated Debbie Mann, Manger of the Little Dinosaurs Day Care Centre.
TD Bank removed its ATM in 2012 and Royal Bank moved in to replace it, much to the relief of residents and businesses.
However on May 31st RBC will be be replacing the current full service bank machine with one that only allows withdrawals, transfers and bill payments.
Anyone wanting to make a deposit will have to drive over an hour to Campbell River.
“We switched all of our companies over, our sister companies over to the bank. I know all the other businesses in town have switched over, the Village of Gold River has switched over so now they’ve just gone and pulled it out and we’re right back to where we were” said Steve Savola, Systems Manager of Conuma Cable Systems.
“The big reason we need a fully serviced machine is so the business people in town can deposit their money, their cheques that type of stuff, goes into a bank account and G Force picks it up and away they go” said Gold River Mayor Brad Unger who also won the Super Value where the RBC ATM is located.
“They still have to make a trip out here and stock the bank machine, there’s still going to be a man coming here and operating the machine, why take away the deposits” added resident Dick Hughes.
RBC did not respond to CHEK News when asked why the machine is being removed.
The RBC website says it “helps clients thrive and communities prosper” but Unger says pulling the current ATM will only hurt Gold River.