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Cumbernauld's MSP raises "concerns" over Post Office future

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 20:22 GMT on Wednesday 20th March, 2013.

CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn has met with a representative of Post Office Ltd to discuss his concerns about the company’s proposals to move the branch at Cumbernauld town centre to a new – as yet unspecified – location.

Post Office Ltd has announced plans to move five Scottish Crown Post Offices – which are those branches that the company runs directly rather than with a franchise arrangement – to be located with another retailer.  Included in this number is the branch at Cumbernauld town centre, the others being located in East Kilbride, Perth, Alloa and Stornoway.

Commenting, Mr Hepburn said: “People in the local area are rightly concerned about changes to postal services that are being mooted.  In recent years we have lost three local branches of the Post Office, and now we are seeing talk of changes to the Crown Post Office at Cumbernauld town centre, and the possible closure of the Kilsyth delivery office.

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The area’s MSP raised his concerns with the representative of Post Office Ltd around any move leading to a reduction in current service levels and impacting negatively on staff.

The representative was able to confirm to Mr Hepburn that as of yet, there is no concrete proposal on the table affecting the Cumbernauld town centre branch, and if and when there is, it would be subject to public consultation.

“I was glad then to be able to discuss my concerns about the possible relocation of the Cumbernauld town centre Post Office, which is a well-used facility.  I was reassured to the extent that if no partner retailer can be found to relocate to, Post Office Ltd are committed to retaining the current branch,” Mr Hepburn added.

“It is also clear that this plan is at a very early stage, and that there is no definite proposal on the table.  Indeed, it may be that no alternative location can be established and it never comes to fruition.

“If it does though, I will be clear that I want to see the current level of service offered at Cumbernauld Post Office retained as a minimum – if not enhanced from where things stand – and also the impact on staff at the branch is minimised.  People in the area will expect nothing less if such a proposal does emerge in the future.”

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