Village PO move consultation launched



Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 20:30 on 16 July 2015


Post Office



A consultation into moving the PO has been launched. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

A CONSULTATION has gotten underway into proposals that would see Cumbernauld Village Post Office moved a few doors up the Main Street, to a new location.

Proposals being mooted by the Post Office suggest that moving the sub-post office from its current premises at 34 Main Street to 56 Main Street would deliver a “more modern” service for customers.

Customers and residents are being asked for their opinions on the proposals, which would see the Post Office moved from its current home in the Village Pharmacy to the community’s Spar store, a few doors up the Main Street.

The Post Office says that although the move might be miniscule, their proposals would establish a “more modern”, open plan service.

According to the proposals, the move would see the Village’s proposed PO given a fresh feel, with the traditional screen counter service replaced with an open-plan layout. 

If the move is given the go-ahead, the new branch would be open between 8am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday, and between 10am and 4pm on a Sunday – business hours which the Post Office says represents a net increase of 26 hours per week over current opening hours.

Members of the public will now have their chance to express their views on the proposals, with a consultation spanning six-weeks now open, as part of a wider modernisation programme.

The launch of a consultation into the proposals comes after a number of controversial decisions, affecting Cumbernauld’s mail services, over the past few years.

In 2014, the Post Office announced plans to scale back services in Abronhill shopping centre to one counter in the centre’s RS McColl’s, and earlier this year, Cumbernauld’s crown office in Forth Walk was closed and moved to a newly opened WHSmith shop, in Cumbernauld Shopping Centre.

Commenting on the proposals for Cumbernauld Village’s Post Office services, Post Office regional manager, Suzanne Richardson said she was “confident” of the proposals.

“We are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future,” Suzanne said.

The consultation on the proposed plans closes on August 12th, with anybody wishing to comment on the proposals able to write to Freepost Your Comments to Post Office Ltd; email comments@postoffice.co.uk; telephone the Customer Helpline on 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.

Customers can also answer a questionnaire at postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code, 222855.