New Cri­eff counter sig­nals end of post of­fice clo­sure ‘melt­down’

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A Strathearn town post of­fice has been restored, af­ter nearly 18 months of un­cer­tainty.

Cri­eff’s High Street branch closed in May last year due to “op­er­a­tional rea­sons”.

The counter has now moved to Right Medicine Phar­macy, just 30 me­tres from the old branch.

An open plan till has been set up in the shop, which will be avail­able dur­ing nor­mal open­ing hours 9am to 5.30pm, Mon­day to Satur­day.

Gra­ham Turnock, Post Of­fice area net­work change man­ager, said: “We are mak­ing it eas­ier for cus­tomers to get their cash, send and col­lect their mail and do their bank­ing be­cause we know how im­por­tant th­ese ser­vices are to lo­cal res­i­dents.”

He added: “We are con­fi­dent that this vi­brant new-style post of­fice at the heart of the lo­cal com­mu­nity will meet cus­tomer needs.”

The Post Of­fice said there was a step at the en­trance to the phar­macy, but a bell would be pro­vided and a por­ta­ble ramp made avail­able on re­quest.

The new branch will op­er­ate along­side the town’s King Street branch. A sec­ond counter was set up there in Au­gust to meet in­creased de­mand.

This year saw a pe­riod of up­heaval for post of­fice ser­vices across Perthshire.

Com­mu­ni­ties and politi­cians called for ac­tion af­ter the sud­den clo­sure of branches in Scone, Blair­gowrie, Craigie and Letham. Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lors had de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion as a “melt­down”.

All four coun­ters have since re-opened.

A re­cent study found that more than a quar­ter of Scot­land’s post of­fices have been lost since 2002. Ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties were the hard­est hit, it emerged.

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