THIS week’s news that the Scottish Government are providing financial support for two Wigtownshire Post Offices comes at the same time as the news that yet another village post office is up for sale.
Local politicians have welcomed an announcement by the Scottish Government that post offices in Sandhead and Kirkcudbright are receiving financial support from the Post Office Diversification Fund.
Sandhead Post Offices received the full £25,000 grant while Kirkcudbright received £5,000.
The Fund will help Post Offices diversify into other areas, such as shops or even internet cafes. The news is a boost to the Post Offices after the Government removed the £20 million per year contract for the benefits cheque service from the Post Office.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said: “This money is very welcome, but at the end of the day it is only supporting two post offices in Galloway and all are under threat from the Tory-led Government. The scale of the problem facing our Post Offices is huge. “Nothing can disguise the fact that the Government’s intention to privatise Royal Mail will remove a third of the business from the Post Office. Their plans are a death knell for our Post Offices, and I particularly fear for the service provided in rural communities like ours. Unless the Government stops chipping away at our Post Offices piece by piece by taking away services I will fear for the future of many of them across our communities.”
Meanwhile, Garlieston Post Office has recently gone on the market. The property, including living accommodation is on the market at offers over £230,000.
The Post Office has been run in the village by Jim and Violet Taylor since 1987, but they have been at the property in High Street since they moved there from Glasgow in 1971.
Violet said: “We have decided to retire as Jim’s 71 and I’m 65 so it’s time to enjoy life. But we’ll stay in the area as we’d never move away. We love it here too much.”
Kirkcolm and Glenluce Post Offices are also listed as for sale.