Highland MSP speaks out over Argyll and Bute Post office Closures

Peter Peacock, Highlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP has vowed to support local communities in their fight for local postal services in Argyll and Bute.

Mr Peacock said, "It is very disappointing that these closures are being proposed.

"Six branches in Oban, Campbeltown, Dunoon and Rothesay have been identified by the Post office for closure.

"I will be in contact with the Sub Postmasters of the affected branches to offer whatever support I can.

"It is also vital that the consultation process is meaningful and reflects the needs of local communities.

"I have previously expressed strong concern over the handling of the Fort William Post Office consultation on the proposed move to the local W H Smith branch and will work to ensure that the views of post office users in Argyll and Bute are heard.

"Throughout the lead up to the consultation process in the Highlands and Islands

"I have been in dialogue with Postwatch Scotland and this will continue, particularly in respect of Argyll and Bute closures.

"Thankfully the Post Office has not identified any rural branches in Argyll and Bute for closure and this is good news for the dispersed rural communities and confounds the exaggerated and gloomy predictions by the Liberals that they would all be threatened.

"What is happening is exactly in line with the government’s acknowledgement of the impact of geographical features in protecting rural postal services.

"I also welcome the news that the Post Office will be actively seeking to create additional service points at Otter Ferry and Portsonachan."

"This good news for the most rural areas however does not diminish the concerns that will be felt in parts of Oban, Campbeltown, Dunoon and Rothesay.

 

24 October 2007

 

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