Pledge to revive post office service

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POST Office Ltd., has pledged to return its services to the Ferryden community “as soon as possible” following the closure of the village’s shop.

Owner Brian Noble closed the shop, which he ran for five years, two weeks ago blaming the difficult economic climate and lack of use by residents and little or no passing trade.

He claimed that it would have to make at least another £400 per week to make trading viable.

But the loss of the shop has also meant the loss of its Post Office counter, forcing villagers to use the main service in Montrose.

Post Office Ltd., this week said its intention is to return and continue to provide a service within Ferryden although there is no timescale for when that might be.

Field change adviser Brian Turnbull said: “Regrettably, following the resignation of the sub-postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use, and despite our best efforts to maintain a Post Office counter service at this location, we had no other option but to temporarily close this branch on April 28.

“The provision of a Post Office service to our customers in the local community is of paramount importance to us and it is therefore important that any future service is sustainable for the new sub-postmaster and for Post Office Ltd.

“We will continue to review solutions to provide a Post Office service in the area as soon as possible.”

Customers are meanwhile being directed to the nearest local Post Office branches at Scotmid on Montrose High Street and at the village shop on Main Road, Hillside.

Angus MP Mike Weir is also pressing the company for details of what services it intends to provide in Ferryden.

He said: “In previous rounds of post office closures it was accepted that there was a real need for a sub post office in the village and the post office are obligated to try and find an alternative for delivering services as soon as possible.

“Unfortunately in many similar situations ‘temporary’ closures have effectively become permanent because no one has been found to take on the business. I am determined that this should not happen in Ferryden and am pressing the Post Office on what efforts they are taking to ensure that the residents of Ferryden continue to get a post office service.”