Post Office problems ripple out across Lochaber
PROBLEMS with a Fort William Post Office are more far reaching than first thought.
Inverlochy’s Post Office closed temporarily on January 10 for ‘operational reasons’ as reported by The Oban Times earlier this year. It has now come to light that services at Glencoe and Roy Bridge, which were operated by the Inverlochy postmaster, also ceased operating on January 10.
Michael Tonks is the caretaker of Roy Bridge Village Hall, where the host post service had been operating from. He described the situation as a nuisance personally and a headache commercially. The 76-year- old told the Lochaber
Times: ‘The nearest service to me now is in Spean Bridge but I don’t like doing banking there because it is a busy shop so that means we have to drive into Fort William. The community council received a letter dated March 27 from Post Office saying the service closed temporarily on January 10, which is quite comical really. The cable for where the postmaster used to connect to the postal service is still in the hall but we don’t know what to do. Should we rent it out or wait for them to come back? At the moment the hall is losing money and the building is sitting idle, which is far from ideal.’
David Gillies says his 94-year- old mother who stays in Inverlochy is fortunate because family can drive her into Fort William Post Office.
‘Instead of my brother’s partner just taking mum to Caol every Thursday, she now stops off in Fort William as well. But there must be so many other pensioners in the area who need to get their pension or access another service who don’t have anyone to run them around.’
Mr Gillies said he is amazed more people have not spoken out about the situation. He added: ‘The Post Office might say they are working hard but you can’t tell people the service is closing temporarily and then go AWOL for four months.’
A Post Office spokesperson added: ‘We would like to reassure customers that we continue to work hard to restore the services to the communities as soon as possible and are committed to maintaining services in the area. In the meantime, customers can access Post Office services at Fort William Post Office and Caol Post Office.’