Post Office set to re-open

PLANS have been put in place which will allow Newtonhill Post Office to operate again.

Newtonhill post office closed last year after the postmaster, George Still, who ran the post office for thirty years with his wife, stepped down due to ill health.

At the time of his retirement, the Post Office announced that they were looking for a sub-postmaster to take over the running of the post office. A sub-postmaster has now been found and plans are in place to allow the facility to re-open.

There are plans to move the Newtonhill post office along the road to Newtonhill Pharmacy, 1 Skateraw Road, where a hosted out reach service will operate.

The sub postmaster from Laurencekirk would then offer a range of post office services on a Friday afternoon from 2pm - 4pm. A post office spokesperson said: “Our priority is to safeguard Post Office services in the longer term and the establishment of a Hosted service presents the best possible solution to enable us to restore Post Office services to Newtonhill.”

Newtonhill residents are being asked to take part in a consultation about the plans as the Post Office is trying to discover how this change will affect customers.

The consultation would like to discover the impact of the new opening hours, the proposed day of service, access to the facilities and also any comments on the local issues to Newtonhill. However any comments or feedback on the proposed changes.

Local Councillor Carl Nelson said he was “delighted” with the news that the Post Office is set to be operational again.

However he did voice concern that the service would only be for two hours a week. He said: “I hope that will just be in the beginning and that in the future the hours can be increased.”

To comment on the plans contact Mr Turnbull, The Post Office ltd, National Consultation Team, PO Box 2060, Watford, WD18 8ZW or send an email to consultation@postoffice.co.uk by February 18.