Post Office plans withdrawn

Angus Councillor Ronnie Proctor.
Angus Councillor Ronnie Proctor.

The withdrawal of plans to close Post Office services at Westmuir this month have been welcomed by local politicians.

Postal services are housed in the village shop and the premises were due to be withdrawn for Post Office use from January 20 but this has now been reversed following a change of mind by the owner.

Westmuir Post Office.

Westmuir Post Office.

Confirming the change, a spokeswoman for Post Office Limited said: “The operator of Westmuir Post Office has decided to stay, and since she owns the premises, the branch will continue to run from its existing location.

“The premises were due to be withdrawn for Post Office use from January 20. However, this is no longer the case and I am pleased to confirm that Westmuir will now continue to operate from its existing location.”

Kirriemuir councillor Ronnie Proctor also said he is delighted that the Post Office will remain open.

He added: “This is a great benefit to the local community and will also have a positive effect on the uncertainty of the post office in the town.”

Local MP Mike Weir, said it is good news for the community although he expressed concern about continuing uncertainly of other postal services in the area.

Public consultations on the proposed closure of the Kirriemuir branch and inclusion of post office services at Thistle News and Gifts, and proposals to relocate the Forfar branch, ended in November.

He said: “The news that Westmuir Post Office will remain open is good news and, I am sure, will be welcomed by everyone in the community.

“We have still to hear the outcome of the changes proposed in Forfar and Kirriemuir and await with interest what comes of these applications to move office.”

Post Office Limited has said that the information from the consultations is still being collated.

She said: “The public consultation on the relocation of Kirriemuir and Forfar Post Offices ended in November and we will consider all feedback received. When a decision is made we will inform customers and local representatives.”