Clo­sure let­ter...five months af­ter doors are shut

Post Of­fice sends ad­vi­sory

Strathearn Herald - - STRATHEARN VIEW - Lynn Duke

A lo­cal coun­cil­lor received a let­ter from the Post Of­fice ad­vis­ing of the tem­po­rary clo­sure of its Cri­eff High Street branch - five months af­ter the fa­cil­ity ceased.

The Strath cap­i­tal was left with only one out­let for postal ser­vices af­ter the branch at 39 High Street stopped op­er­at­ing in May.

The Post Of­fice cites “op­er­a­tional rea­sons” for the clo­sure.

St rat h e a r n w a rd mem­ber Ste­wart Don­ald­son received the let­ter from Post Of­fice net­work op­er­a­tions mana g e r, Gra ham Turnock.

The doc­u­ment, seen by the Her­ald, states: “I can as­sure you that we are work­ing to re­sume Post Of­fice ser­vices at Cri­eff and I would like to apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience this tem­po­rary clo­sure may cause to peo­ple lo­cally.”

Mr Don­ald­son said: “It doesn’t tell us any­thing we didn’t know. And yet the fact that it has taken the Post Of­fice very nearly five months for this no­ti­fi­ca­tion to be sent out says a lot. The tem­po­rary clo­sure of the Post Of­fice at 39 High Street from May 5, and the fact that this then turned into a per­ma­nent clo­sure, is now his­tory.”

The PKC coun­cil­lor continued: “The pri­vati­sa­tion of our postal ser­vices has failed to bring ben­e­fits to the pub­lic. More­over, it was a sell-off that hope­lessly un­der­val­ued the as­sets of the Post Of­fice.

“Not only was there a loss to the pub­lic purse. Mem­bers of the pub­lic have had to suf­fer the clo­sure of yet more post of­fices, and fi­nal col­lec­tion times for mail ear­lier and ear­lier in the day. It means that in many smaller com­mu­ni­ties a first-class stamp now in ef­fect means a two-day de­liv­ery time.

“Still that ’ s rather quick com­pared to the five months it has taken this mis­sive to reach its des­ti­na­tion!

“Also, their com­ment that ‘we be­lieve email is the most ef­fec­tive way for us to com­mu­ni­cate with you..’ some­what un­der­mines what the Post Of­fice is all about.”

Far from first class Coun­cil­lor Ste­wart Don­ald­son

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