Post Office plans split Kirrie community

The cobbles outside the proposed site for the Post Office.
The cobbles outside the proposed site for the Post Office.

There was standing room only at Wednesday’s meeting of Kirriemuir Community Council when the proposed changes to Post Office services were on the agenda.

Linda Bonar and Linda Kenneth of Post Office Scotland Limited updated the local community on the situation at the current outlet in Reform Street and talked them through the proposed move to Thistle News and Gifts in the High Street.

They allayed fears the Post Office was “closing branches” and apologised for the “unexpected temporary closure” of the Reform Street branch which were “for reasons outwith our control and which were completely unforeseen.”

The main concerns raised about the proposed new location were access and the ability for it to cope with Post Office customers, given the size of the store.

One member of the public commented: “Parking is negligible, there are cobbles which are dangerous for the older people. This is the wrong place and the wrong time.”

Another added: “I don’t think it will cope. People will be queuing down to the bottom of Bellies Brae.”

The Post Office representatives said there will be two positions in the shop which are designed to be quicker and should minimise queues. In branches that have re-located queues have dispersed somewhat.

Others at the meeting warned the size of the shop was not an issue, with one local businesswoman urging the community to come to an agreement.

She said: “If we lose the Post Office then we will watch our town die.”

At the time of going to press on Tuesday a Post Office spokesperson said: “We are happy to report that Kirriemuir Post Office reopened last week and is running again as normal.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the branch. We would like to reassure customers that we are committed to providing a service to the community.

“The public consultation on the proposed relocation of Kirriemuir Post Office is unaffected.”