Village post office to move

The Post Office is proposing to move Port William Post Office from its current location.

It says the move will “create a modern open-plan local-style branch with extended opening hours”.

The proposed new location is Port William Stores, 5-9 The Square. This is arolund 105 metres from its current site at 103 Main Street, and the Post Office is now inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments in a six-week public consultation.

The move is part of major modernisation programme across the Post Office network.

Post Office regional network manager for Scotland and Northern England, Suzanne Richardson, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Port William and we are confident that this new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”

She added: “The proposed changes to the branch are part of a major investment programme to convert the Post Office network to new-style branches and this investment, the largest in the history of the Post Office, marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

Post Office local is a new concept for delivering Post Office services from an open-plan counter with products and services available alongside retail transactions during shop opening hours, allowing Post Office services to be available for longer offering greater convenience to customers.

Opening hours at the proposed new location would be 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday and 7.30am-5pm on Sundays, giving customers more than 80 hours of service per week.

During the consultation, Post Office Ltd welcomes feedback on any issues customers would like considered before a final decision is taken. The consultation will close on October 29. Submissions can be made during the consultation by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via email to comments@postoffice.co.uk, via the customer helpline on 08457 223344 or textphone 08457 223355.