Sadness over Post Office closure

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LOCAL councillors Peter Murphy and Helen Oswald expressed their sadness this week following formal notification by Post Office Ltd., on Tuesday that Newbigging post office had closed.

The announcement revealed that following the resignation of the sub-postmaster the premises were no longer available for post office use.

Brian Turnbull, field change advisor for Post Office Ltd., said: “We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience the closure will cause and wish to assure them that it remains our intention to continue to provide a post office service to the community of Newbigging.

“Regrettably, following the resignation of the sub-postmaster, and despite our best efforts to maintain a post office counter service at this location, we had no other option but to temporarily close this branch.

“The provision of a post office service to our customers in the local community is of paramount importance and we continue to review solutions to provide a post office service in the area as soon as possible.

“Customers are free to use the service most convenient for them, but an alternative post office branch in the area is sited at 33 High Street, Monifieth.”

Councillor Murphy told the Guide & Gazette: “I am very disappointed to hear the Newbigging Post Office has closed, even as a temporary measure. It prevents people from going there for their daily requirements and they get out of the habit of using the local facility. This certainly would not help the situation.

“I hope that someone can be found who is willing to take it on and make a going concern of it. The village post office is a lifeline for the community and is a community asset which I hope can be restored.”

Councillor Helen Oswald commented: “I am really sad that the Newbigging Post Office and shop has closed and I do hope that someone comes along very soon to take it on.

“It was also the post office for Monikie and was very much the heart of the community, as people met there on a daily basis and chatted about local events and how friends and neighbours were doing.”