To celebrate the launch of the new Carnan Post Office, formally Creagorry Post Office, Angus MacNeil MP ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony at 11.30am on Tuesday, May 20th.
Mr MacNeil said: “I welcomed the news that Carnan Post Office, formally Creagorry was to be modernised and am delighted to be here to congratulate Donna and staff on their hard work and to officially open the new branch.
He added: “The Post Office is vital to the community and I’m sure the new improved office, and the longer opening hours, will be warmly welcomed by all of my constituents.”
As part of Post Office plans to modernise the network and extend opening hours for customers, the modernised Carnan Post Office Lovats Ltd, Carnan, Isle of South Uist, HS8 5QX offers Post Office services one counter position, a Post Office service point allowing access to selected Post Office products and services at the retail counter during shop opening hours. Customers will also benefit from extended opening hours throughout the week.
The new-look Carnan Post Office is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 2 to 4pm on Sunday. Customers also benefit from a wide range of Post Office services available at the new look branch.
Subpostmistress Donna Hogg said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to open the new branch and I am very pleased to be officially launching it today for the community. I hope our customers like their new Post Office and I’d like to thank Angus MacNeil MP for taking time from his busy schedule to come here today. I’d also like to thank the local community for their continued support and use of the branch.”
Connie Hewitt, Post Office Head of External Relations for Scotland, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents around this area of Carnan and I am confident that this new modern Post Office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
She added: “This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
Under the current Parliament the Government has committed £1.34bn for the Post Office network to make sure there is no programme of Post Office closures and to update branches; in November the Government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network, from 2015 to 2018.
Nationwide the investment programme will see up to 8,000 branches modernised with additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.
The Post Office, now independent of Royal Mail, is the largest retail network in the UK, with over 11,500 branches. It is also one of the UK’s fastest growing financial services companies and is developing its online and telephone services.