MSP supports call for Fort William Community Council meeting with Post Office
7 August 2007
Highlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP Peter Peacock is supporting the call from Fort William Community Council to meet with Post Office representatives as part of the consultation process over proposals to close the Fort William Crown Post Office and deliver post office services from WH Smith’s High Street shop.
Mr Peacock said, "I have been approached by Fort William Community Council on this issue as they are seeking a meeting with the post office to discuss concerns over the plans for postal services in the town.
"The proposals are out for consultation over the summer and I have written to the Post Office Customer Care centre asking if they are prepared to meet with the community council, stressing that I think such a meeting would be very worthwhile.
"It would offer the opportunity for misgivings over the plan to be highlighted by community council members.
"My own disquiet over the post office plans centres around the conditions of service for current post office staff if they are employed by WH Smith; the floor space available at the shop and the range of postal services likely to be offered. It is important that there is no diminution of the overall service now provided."
Mr Peacock continued, "At this time of year when Fort William is full of tourists the need for robust postal services is obvious.
"I would strongly encourage Fort William residents to make their views known during the consultation period.
"Together with my Labour MSP colleagues in the Highlands I have launched an online petition which allows respondents to give their views on the proposals – which I will then ensure is fed into the consultation process."
The e-petition can be accessed at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/fortwilliampostofficeservices/
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