Grant aid will brighten Hillside PO

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A NEW layout will be seen in Hillside Sub Post Office and store after the New Year, thanks to funding from Angus Council’s Rural Shops and Community Post Office Grant Scheme.

And owner Gill Davies sends her thanks to Councillor David May, who guided her through the procedures which saw her receive firstly £1,993, which was all that was left in the fund in the current financial year.

But after intervention by Monifieth councillor Jean Lee an extra £242.70 was found to bring the grant up to the amount it would have been had the fund not been exhausted.

Gill told the Review that the work is a continuation of her on-going upgrading, and it will also improve access for those with mobility difficulties.

She has owned the shop for seven years, and has been working on it all that time, for example in the early days converting a rather unpromising storage area into a hot and cold snack area.

The joinery work will be done by local firm MCK Construction, and electrics by A.J. Carnegie although, as Gill charmingly added: “I’m not sure if I’ve told him yet!”

Councillor May commented: “This scheme shows the importance our council places on local post offices and village shops in our rural communities, as like the one in Hillside they are so often the centre of village life and where many local people meet.”

He continued: “As one of the local councillors I am particularly delighted that my committee has backed this application by Hillside Post Office who have served the village and the surrounding area so well over many years. The role Hillside Post Office plays in village life is obvious to any who use it and they have expanded their services and facilities over recent years. I was delighted to agree to the suggestion that they get the full award as once the work is completed this will make quite a difference.”