Dismay at post office closure

Westmuir Post Office.
Westmuir Post Office.

A blow has been dealt to postal services around Kirriemuir with the announced closure of Westmuir Post Office.

While the consultation on the future of Kirriemuir’s own post office ended last Wednesday the sudden closure of the Westmuir branch, which leaves the village with no postal facilities, was revealed the following day.

A Post Office spokeswoman said the closure would come into effect in January and that an alternative location is being sought.

The news, however, was met with dismay by local MP Mike Weir, who said he was “gravely concerned” at the latest change to the area’s postal service particularly after the temporary closure of Kirrie’s post office during the consultation.

He continued: “This is the latest blow to the Post Office network in Angus and will be a particular blow to the Kirriemuir area following the fiasco around the main Post Office in the town.

“Post Office Limited say the closure of Westmuir is due to the resignation of the postmaster and the shop no longer being available for post office use. It is imperative that Post Office Limited very quickly establish an alternative service for the village, especially since Westmuir was used as an alternative while the Kirriemuir office was closed.”

Mr Weir, who is the SNP’s postal affairs spokesman, also said he has asked the company for more information about what is happening in the village and is asking for action to be taken urgently.

Angus Councillor Ronnie Proctor is also concerned about the impact the closure of the Westmuir branch will have on Kirriemuir.

He said: “To me this is a double whammy for Kirriemuir. We have had an inadequate service in Kirriemuir and Westmuir has been picking up a lot of the slack.”

The Post Office spokeswoman said: “The premises housing Westmuir Post Office will be withdrawn for Post Office use from January 20, 2015. We are working hard to find a permanent location for the Post Office and we hope to be able to provide further information on a proposed new location soon, as we are committed to maintaining services in the area. We will try to keep any inconvenience to customers to a minimum and thank them for their understanding. The closest alternative Post Office branches are Kirriemuir, Forfar and Glamis.”