Angus South MSP Graeme Dey has admitted he fears the worst over Royal Mail proposals to close their delivery office in Carnoustie.
The local parliamentarian has been engaging with Royal Mail on this issue since news of the proposed closure was broken by the Guide & Gazette in August of last year.
And this week he confessed to believing the chances of saving the facility are now negligible. He said: “I recall stating, after first entering into discussions with Royal Mail on this proposal, that I wasn’t optimistic that, in spite of the community being opposed to this move, we would succeed in forcing a rethink.
“I’m afraid I now believe closure is all but inevitable.”
Mr Dey said: “I’ve been in contact with both Royal Mail and the staff union over recent weeks regarding where matters stand and all the indications I am receiving suggest we are moving towards bad news.
“It looks as if the office will close and deliveries to Carnoustie will be directed from the Dundee East sorting office.
“There will be an alternative parcel uplift facility provided within the town and enhanced delivery options to minimise disruption to customers but, contrary to the wishes of the people of Carnoustie and despite the implications this may have for employees in terms of travel to and from work, Royal Mail, as a private company, seem determined to press ahead.”
Following the story being broken online by the Guide & Gazette in August, 2015, a petition was started by the OurCarnoustie Facebook page. The petition on www.change.org entitled ‘Royal Mail - Don’t close the Carnoustie sorting office’ has a total of 1503 supporters, at time of going to press.
When asked about local concerns that the decision had already been made, a Royal Mail spokesperson said: “The final decision to relocate Royal Mail’s Carnoustie delivery operation in Dundee east has not been made yet. We are still considering a number of options regarding this move, including providing a new customer mail collection point in Carnoustie town centre.
“As part of Royal Mail’s on-going transformation of our network, to address the structural decline in letter volumes and the rise in the number of parcels being sent, we periodically look at opportunities to consolidate part of our operations where it is feasible and sensible to do so. Royal Mail explores these relocation options to help us provide better facilities for our people and our customers, and increase the efficiency of our operations.”