Local SNP Politicians Concern at Village Post Office Changes

Constituency MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Jamie Hepburn and Stuart McDonald MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East have raised concerns about proposed changes to the Post Office in the Village, Cumbernauld.

Proposals being put forward by the Post Office Ltd. would see the branch more from its current location at 34 Main Street, The Village to within the Spar, 56 Main Street, The Village.

While the Post Office claims that there will be longer opening hours at the new location in their submission to the consultation Mr Hepburn and Mr McDonald have opposed the reduction of some services which are offered at the current location. They have also raised concerns about the lack of clarity surrounding the future of the external cash-machine and have call for its retention.

Mr Hepburn MSP commented:

“I understand that this move would see the Post Office only move a few doors up the Main Street in terms of its location. As it is currently located within another existing shop this would not represent as big a change as has been the case with a number of the other Post Offices in the local area which have recently taken place.

“I am however concerned about any loss of access to the full range of services provided by the Post Office. I note that these plans could see the opening hours increase but that does not compensate for the removal of any of the services currently on offer at the existing location.”

Mr McDonald MP said:

“The Post Office Ltd. must do all that it can ensure there is no disruption to service should it decided to press ahead with this proposed change.

“There needs to be much more clarity about the fate of the external cash machine. It is unacceptable that the Post Office’s documents setting out their proposals admit that they don’t know if they will be able to transfer that facility to the new site.

“Members of the public still have the opportunity to make their views known on this and I would encourage them to do so by taking part in this consultation.”