A trio of Perthshire politicians have called for clarity over the future of Blairgowrie Post Office after it was revealed that no effective contingency plan exists should the current site close.
Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, alongside Blairgowrie Councillors Caroline Shiers and Bob Brawn have urged the Post Office to ensure there continues to be a post office presence in the town after August.
The current Post Office is housed by the Co-Op which is due to close in August and officials have confirmed that only a limited contingency plan exists. Murdo understands that the field team have plans to provide a pared back service but it is understood this would be limited in scope.
Post Office officials are aware of the serious impact of this closure and are actively working to prevent Blairgowrie losing its service.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“The post office is a lifeline service for many residents and it would be completely unacceptable if this was lost.
“Whether this is accessing pensions or renewing a driving license, the post office provides a number of services and it is vital that this is retained in the town.
“I understand there are limits as to what the Post Office can do but it is incredibly important that there is no gap in service and I would encourage officials to work hard to identify an alternate operator.”
Commenting Blairgowrie and Glens Councillor, Caroline Shiers said:
“There have been question marks over the long-term future of the post office in Blairgowrie for some time and it would be unforgiveable if officials did not have a plan in place should the current branch close.
“Elderly residents are particularly dependent on accessing post office services and several constituents have got in touch with me to raise concerns over this closure. The summer months also see an increase in people in the town - for work or holiday - who look to use the facilities so there must be continuity of service.
“Blairgowrie is a bustling town with over 8,000 residents and access to post office services is vital for many of them.”
Commenting Blairgowrie and Glens Councillor, Bob Brawn said:
“I have spoken to many residents who are unaware that the current branch is set to close and the Post Office must offer up replacement services for those who are unable to access services online or in another location.
“In recent years, high streets across Scotland have taken a battering and it is important that Blairgowrie retains its service and I would encourage anyone with an interest in running a post office to get in touch with officials.”