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