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Post Office give reassurance over Inverurie services after branch closure announcement

By Kyle Ritchie

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The Post Office has provided reassurance that it is doing everything in its power to get services reinstated for Inverurie town centre.

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has received a response from Post Office bosses to concerns he raised about the potential for the community to be left without services in this area during the period when a new postmaster is sought.

The MP wrote to Post Office management after they confirmed to him that the branch at 33 West High Street will close on January 31.

The Post Office branch on West High Street is set for closure this month.
The Post Office branch on West High Street is set for closure this month.

The closure has been prompted by the resignation of the postmaster and withdrawal of the current premises for Post Office use.

It is hoped that the closure will only be a temporary measure while another operator and premises are found.

Mr Thomson said: “I am reassured that Post Office management recognise the situation which will see the largest town in the Gordon constituency potentially left without post office services while a replacement postmaster and premises are found.

“The Post Office has confirmed it is actively looking at both short-term and long-term solutions which gives me encouragement that there will hopefully be no gap in service provision.

Gordon MP Richard Thomson.
Gordon MP Richard Thomson.

"I know in other areas similarly affected that temporary services have been set-up in public buildings so I would expect that – if required – Inverurie should receive no less.

“In the meantime, this presents an opportunity for a local business to become the heart of the town centre by becoming the next host of the Post Office and I would once again urge anyone who is interested in finding out more to get in contact with me.”

In his response to Mr Thomson, Post Office external affairs manager Mark Gibson said: “We share your concern about the upcoming closure and I can assure you that we are doing all in our power to get services reinstated.

"We fully understand the important role a Post Office plays and the inconvenience caused when it closes.

“We are actively looking to see what can be done both in the short-term and longer-term, with regards to providing services in Inverurie.”

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