POST Office Ltd is advertising Stonehaven as having a vacancy – following the closure of the Keystore business early last month.
They are seeking applicants to set up a new Post Office in the town. The successful retailer could either purchase the current business or incorporate a Post Office Local into their existing or proposed business.
Councillors Sarah Dickinson and Dennis Robertson have been in communication with Post Office Ltd, who confirmed they have received a written resignation from the Postmaster, who has closed the shop and withdrawn the premises from Post Office use.
And Post Office Ltd say they regard Stonehaven’s loss of a branch as temporary, as they remain committed to the provision of this essential service and see this only as a temporary service interruption.
Cllr Dickinson told the Bellman: ”The Post Office is an essential service. It is very disappointing, therefore, that a full service cannot currently be provided in the Stonehaven town centre with the implications this has for all residents but especially for residents who may be without a car and not easily able to get to the sub-post office at the Co-op Garage on Kirkton Road or who may need services not provided there.
”It would be fantastic if another local business saw this as an opportunity for them as well as meeting a need in the town.”
Cllr Robertson added: ”Our community requires access to a full Post Office service. The Sub-Post Office on Kirkton Road is part of a generally busy shop and filling station.
”It is likely, due to COVID-19, that staying 2 meters away from others will be with us for many months and the confined space at the Sub Post Office will present many challenges. Those with restricted mobility will also be disadvantaged if they don’t have their own transport.
”I sincerely hope that everything will be done to attract a new Post-Master and that a full Post Office service will return to the town, within the town-centre, where it belongs.”
Cllr Dickinson gives a full account of the councillors’ investigations of the situation and the feedback received, on her Facebook page