A new retailer is being sought to run Eastriggs Post Office, while just a week ago it was announced Gretna, Georgetown and Thornhill post offices are set to close.

The advert is searching for “a successful retailer to either purchase the current business or incorporate a Post Office Local into their existing or proposed business”. The closing date is 6 April.

Last week it was announced that Gretna Post Office is to close temporarily, just days after the similar announcements of forthcoming closures of branches at Thornhill and Georgetown in Dumfries.

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said: “The news that the Post Office is searching for a new retailer to run the branch in Eastriggs is worrying, especially taking into account the announcements last week that several branches around the region are to close.

“While the Post Office has said those closures are only temporary, it has also admitted that there are currently no alternative providers identified. I am urging the Post Office to leave no stone unturned and proactively seek out an alternative as a matter of urgency. There has been a Post Office in Eastriggs, firstly at the Green and now in the Spar shop, for decades and it would be a massive blow to lose it.

“The number of Post Offices across the region has already plummeted to a record low and I’ve written to both the Scottish and UK Government to urging them to do more protect these vital local services.

“The pandemic has had a massive impact on the retail sector and our Post Offices are no exception. It highlights the need to look again at what help is being provided to businesses to get through this pandemic and how we put in place proper support to maintain a Post Office network in the long term before we have further closures.

“I hope someone is able to come forward to run the branch in Eastriggs or we’ll be looking at another community lacking this vital service.”

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