Concerns raised as Co-Op announce closure of sole Post Office in Blairgowrie

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser and local councillor, Caroline Shiers, have both raised concerns following the potential closure of the Post Office in Blairgowrie.

The current post office is located within the Co-Op in the  Wellmeadow, but the Co-Op have notified Post Office officials of their intention to wind-up and close this service.

In response the Post Office have said that they will shortly advertise for a business to run counter services within a retail outlet. Post Office officials have also indicated that they do not anticipate a break in service, as the notice period gives sufficient time to find a new operator, which will be subject to a six week public consultation.

Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said:

“The confirmation that the Co-Op is set to wind up its Post Office service in Blairgowrie is very concerning. Up until now I had been under the impression that this was a convenient and well-used service. What is not in doubt is that a post office service must be kept in the town.

“I would encourage would-be operators to make themselves known to the Post Office as it is vital that an alternate provider is found quickly.”

Commenting Blairgowrie and Glens Councillor, Caroline Shiers said:

“News of the Co-Op’s decision to close its Post Office service is disappointing and local residents are rightly worried about who will provide counter services in the future.

“The Wellmeadow was generally thought to be a good location for the Post Office and any future service must be accessible for residents in the town. Whilst it is good to note that the Post Office do not anticipate there to be a lapse in service I would call on them to work quickly to find a suitable replacement. Furthermore, this is also an opportunity for a local business to offer post office services and I would encourage businesses in the area to get in touch to make their case.”

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