South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth and Annandale North Councillor Adam Wilson have welcomed confirmation that an outreach Post Office service is to continue for Lochmaben Post Office.
Post Office confirmed last week that it has moved the outreach service to Costcutter on the High Street.
The previous premises are no longer available for Post Office use, and service stopped on 3 September. Post Office therefore had to identify an alternative location to continue to offer Post Office services to the local community.
The existing Postmaster from Galloway Street Post Office has identified an alternative location and the service was restored on Monday 20 September 2021 and operates on Monday from 14:00 to 16:00, Wednesday and Friday between 10:00 and 16:00.
Colin Smyth said: “I am pleased we now have confirmation of the arrangements for a continuation of the outreach service for Lochmanben.
“Sadly, right across Dumfries and Galloway we have seen closure after closure of Post Offices and complete inaction by the Scottish and UK Government to 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.
“Having a Post Office in the community is vital for so many of my constituents, particularly those who are older or people who can’t travel easily.”
Annandale North Councillor Adam Wilson added: “A number of residents in Lochmaben rely on vital post office services. I encourage local residents to make their voices heard on the new arrangements.
“A number of residents have raised with me the limited opening times since I was elected in 2017, this is an opportunity to make your views heard.”