Post Office ‘fiasco’

Kirriemuir Post Office.
Kirriemuir Post Office.

An Angus Councillor has hit out against the lack of Post Office services in Kirriemuir stating it is not only affecting the elderly and vulnerable in the local community but local businesses.

At the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday), the Post Office in Reform Street was due to re-open to the public after a week of disruption to services.

Voluntary Action Angus quickly stepped in to provide valuable transport facilities for those needing transport to access services at Westmuir or Forfar Post Offices after the doors closed unannounced at the Kirrie branch.

In praising the efforts of the VAA, councillor Ronnie Proctor described the latest situation in the town as a “fiasco”.

He told the Herald: “Voluntary Action Angus have been a great help but the whole thing has been a fiasco.

“What annoys me is that I alerted Post Office Ltd. over a year ago when I complained about the Kirrie Post Office being closed. People were turning up for benefits and pensions but the branch was shut with no rhyme or reason. The warning has been there for some time.

“Numerous people have complained to me about it but the management of the Post Office don’t seem to have taken any notice of the people of Kirrie and they are riding roughshod over us. They have not provided a service.

“The Post Office is a lifeline to pensioners and vulnerable members of the community and I am angry the Post Office has not taken cognisance of this.

“Kirriemuir businesses are struggling to keep themselves afloat and people are going out of town to Forfar for Post Office services and are doing their shopping there which is taking business way from local traders.

“Then there are the people who are living up the glens who have to travel to Forfar to the Post Office. That is adding up to 30 miles on a round trip and I think that, in this day and age, is not on.”

When contacted on Monday a Post Office spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the Post Office branch in Kirriemuir.

“We would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to restore the service to the community in the coming days.

“The public consultation about the relocation of Kirriemuir Post Office is unaffected.”