Community consulted on local Post Office move

New home and longer hours for Lossiemouth Post Office?
New home and longer hours for Lossiemouth Post Office?

RESIDENTS IN LOSSIEMOUTH are being asked to express their views on changes to their local Post Office which is set to close in January.

The Post Office has been undergoing radical changes throughout the UK with existing postmasters being faced with the stark choice of accepting major changes or closing down.

The Post Office are seeking to “modernise” branches with a strong preference that they be included into existing or new retail outlets, affording longer opening hours.

Now letters are being issue to customers in Lossiemouth seeking their views on proposals to move the current branch on the High Street to Buckley’s Newsagent on Queen Street.

In the letter customers are told that Lossiemouth is to be part of a process that will see 8000 branches modernised and 3000 “community and outreach” branches created. In Lossiemouth that will mean services being offered from two tills in a “modern, open-plan branch”, longer opening hours and improved accessibility – while insisting that the majority of products and services will still be available.

If accepted the new branch – which is within 300 metres of the existing Post Office – will be open from Monday to Saturday at 6am until 5pm, with Sunday opening from 8am until 12noon.

A six-week consultation period has begun with the community being asked to give their views on the suitability of the new location before plans are finalised. A final decision will be taken at the end of the consultation period on October 7 with a view to the Post Office switching locations and services in January or February 2016.

Information on the proposals and the consultation form is available online at www.postofficeviews.co.uk with people also invited to make comments by email to comments@postoffice.co.uk.

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