A GLENLUCE businesswoman has managed to save the town’s post office for the second time in two years after road alterations threatened to close it for good.
Lorraine King, who runs Glenluce Stores and Post Office on Main Street, was horrifed when council workmen turned up outside her shop last week and began mapping out changes on the tarmac.
Further investigations revealed that plans were afoot to remove eight car parking spaces, leaving customers and delivery lorries faced with limited access to the store.
But following an emergency meeting with council representatives on Friday, an agreement has been reached which should allow business to continue as usual.
Lorraine, who has owned the shop for eight years with her husband Philp, feared the doors would close with loss of around 10 staff just two years after she fought to keep the doors open during the spate of national post office closures.
She said: “During those closures, we were offered £56,000 to close but fought it and kept the service going.
Now the road plans we were being faced with were way beyond anything we were told about during an informal chat many months ago at a council meeting. We’d had no written confirmation about the plans and we’ve been told the community council agreed to them, but one member of that council tells me she knew nothing of the detail involved.”
The shop has stood in the village for over 100 years and its existence supports a similar business in Kirkcolm.
Lorraine said: “This shop keeps our one in Kirkcolm going so if we lost this, the future would look bleak for that one too.”
Following the meeting with Dumfries and Galloway’s Jane Bridge, Lorraine said an agreement had been reached.
She said: “Jane was very helpful and met with myself and plenty of our neighbours who had similar concerns. She agreed to truncate the plans but it was just very upsetting to look out of our window last week and see these changes being made with apparently no consultation with the community.”
A council spokeswoman said that the plans were intended to improve visibility at the junction with Church Street and improve the location for the school crossing patroller and the children she assists.
She added: “Consultation had been underatken previously with adverts in the local press, notices posted on site and letters to the Community Council, Councillors and others.
“An offer was made to reduce the length of the footway widenings to the minimum practical (so as not to lose any more parking than is necessary to keep the junction clear) and those present agreed this was OK and would allow the shop to continue to operate. The width between the new build outs will be sufficient to allow two way traffic.
The waiting restrictions on Main Street to the west of the junction remain unchanged (these have been in place for many years). Our Council’s officer agreed to reduce the proposed length of the new restrictions on Main Street to the east of the junction by 2m in length.”