Post Of­fice fi­nally set to re­open on Main Street

But new post­mas­ter is not per­ma­nent

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

The long-run­ning saga of Ruther­glen’s lack of Post Of­fice fa­cil­i­ties is fi­nally over – and it is set to re­open some­time this week.

Fol­low­ing six months of un­cer­tainty, a new tem­po­rary post­mas­ter has been ap­pointed, after the own­ers of Su­per­buys newsagents took over the premises.

How­ever, given this re­place­ment post­mas­ter is not a per­ma­nent role, it is pos­si­ble the so­lu­tion may not last.

The of­fice un­ex­pect­edly closed in the spring, spark­ing a fu­ri­ous re­ac­tion from lo­cals – in­clud­ing many pen­sion­ers who rely on the fa­cil­ity – and politi­cians.

Through­out the clo­sure, the Post Of­fice re­peat­edly re­fused to com­ment on the rea­sons be­hind the move, which added to the frus­tra­tion for many.

Clare Haughey MSP, who cam­paigned re­lent­lessly for the of­fice to re­open, was pleased to hear the Main Street branch is once more op­er­a­tional.

She told the Re­former: “I am de­lighted for my con­stituents that the Post Of­fice is to re­open. How­ever, I share in the com­mu­nity’s frus­tra­tions at how lengthy this wait has been.

“Main Street is the heart of Ruther­glen, and to be with­out a Post Of­fice for so long has been un­ac­cept­able.

“Coun­cil­lor Ca­likes and I have been in con­tin­ual con­tact with Post Of­fice Ltd dur­ing the past few months urg­ing them to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion, so I am very pleased our pres­sure has fi­nally paid off.”

Ruther­glen Cen­tral & North coun­cil­lor Ja­nine Ca­likes added: “I am glad this saga is now near­ing an end. How­ever, it should not have taken six months for it to re-open.

“The com­mu­nity ral­lied to­gether against the clo­sure and I am sure that this news will be a re­lief lo­cally.

“Post Of­fice Ltd has ad­vised that the re­place­ment post­mas­ter is only tem­po­rary, there­fore I wish to re­as­sure my con­stituents that we will re­main in con­tact with the com­pany to en­sure we have a func­tion­ing Post Of­fice for the long-term.”

Glas­gow MSP James Kelly was also pleased at the news, but joined in the crit­i­cism of the Post Of­fice over the de­lay.

He said: “It is wel­come news that the Post Of­fice has re­opened but this has taken far too long. Peo­ple have been left with­out this life­line ser­vice for months and Post Of­fice bosses have failed in ba­sic com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the mat­ter.

“This should never hap­pen again and se­ri­ous an­swers must be given as to why Ruther­glen was let down for so long.”

The Post Of­fice did not re­spond to our re­quest for com­ment.

Main Street is the heart of Ruther­glen. To be with­out a Post Of­fice for so long is un­ac­cept­able

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Poor ser­vice Res­i­dents and politi­cians gath­ered out­side the Post Of­fice to protest its on­go­ing clo­sure back in Septem­ber

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