City’s main post of­fice re­lo­cat­ing to new premises

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DUNDEE’S main city cen­tre post of­fice is set to move to new premises and be taken on by a fran­chisee, it was con­firmed to­day.

The unit in Mead­ow­side will shut in Fe­bru­ary and re­lo­cate to 30 White­hall Street.

The Post Of­fice car­ried out a con­sul­ta­tion on the move, with some lo­cals ob­ject­ing due to con­cerns over jobs and the ser­vices the new post of­fice would of­fer.

A spokes­woman for the Post Of­fice said the new branch would un­dergo a re­fur­bish­ment and of­fer cus­tomers “bright and open plan” premises with a newsagent, where sta­tionery and greet­ings cards would be avail­able.

She added that the post of­fice would of­fer most of the same ser­vices cur­rently on of­fer, ex­cept the bio­met­ric en­rol­ment ser­vice for the Home Of­fice, which peo­ple can use to ap­ply for a per­mit if they are a for­eign na­tional from out­side the Euro­pean Eco­nomic Area.

The new branch, op­er­ated by Cu­par-based QDSA Ltd, will open on Fe­bru­ary 8 and of­fer ex­tended open­ing hours.

Roger Gale, Post Of­fice’s sales and trade mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, said: “The change we are mak­ing helps se­cure our ser­vices in Dundee for years to come.”

The spokes­woman added: “The rea­son for the move is that we need to en­sure the fu­ture sus­tain­abil­ity of the branch.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of Post Of­fice branches are run on a fran­chise or agency ba­sis, along­side re­tail busi­nesses, and it’s a model that works, help­ing to en­sure that Post Of­fice branches re­main con­ve­nient and ac­ces­si­ble.”

How­ever, city coun­cil­lor Richard McCready said: “I am dis­ap­pointed that the Post Of­fice has de­cided to con­tinue with the plans for a fran­chised of­fice.

“As a city with a large stu­dent pop­u­la­tion, I am dis­ap­pointed the bio­met­ric en­rol­ment ser­vice will not be re­tained. This will move to Perth which, as the Post Of­fice’s re­sponse help­fully points out, is a 65-minute bus jour­ney away from the cen­tre of Dundee.”

Lynsey, left, and Khai­ley.

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