New post office for South Uist

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FEARS postal services would be lost on South Uist were eased this week when Post Office Ltd announced plans to provide post office services from Cothrom Learning Centre, Orniclate.

The Post Office in nearby Howmore shut up shop following the resignation of the Subpostmaster in August sparking concerns in the local community.

But Post Office Ltd have announced they will provide a service from Ornicalte which is just 3.5 miles from the previous branch at Howmore.

The Hosted service would be provided by our Subpostmaster from Lochboisdale Post Office branch and will operate for a total of four hours per week, on a Monday between 0900-1100 hours and a Wednesday between 1400-1600 hours.

Post Office Ltd believes the proposed arrangement ‘presents the best possible solution to allow it to maintain and safeguard Post Office services in the area in the longer term.’

Customers will still be able to access the same wide range of products and services as the previous service. And if the final decision taken is to proceed with the proposal, Post Office Ltd plans to introduce the service in November 2011.

Post Office Ltd is seeking the views of local customers and stakeholders on this proposal over the next six weeks, on any issues which you would like to be considered, particularly on the following: Access and facilities at the new location; the proposed opening hours; the proposed days of service; local issues specific to Howmore.

Tuesday 25 October is the closing date for views to be submitted.

Kenny Lamont, Field Change Advisor for Post Office Limited, said: “Post Office Ltd proposes to introduce this service to help safeguard Post Office services in Howmore in the long-term.

“The facilities and service that we provide to our customers is of paramount importance and we are confident that our customers will benefit, in the longer term, by this change.”

Anyone with any comments or concerns about the proposal can write to Kenny Lamont, C/o Post Office Ltd, National Consultation Team, PO Box 2060, Watford, WD18 8ZW.