Frustration over lack of Post Office services in Stonehaven

Concerns have been raised over the lack of Post Office services in Stonehaven.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 5:00 am

Seven months ago Key Stores in Stonehaven which housed the main Stonehaven Post Office closed.

The Post Office announced that Kirton Rd Sub-Post Office housed within the Co-Op Petrol Station would temporarily be the only Post Office in Stonehaven but promised early restoration of a full serviced Post Office facility as Stonehaven is the major provincial town in the area with over 12000 residents.

Despite local politicians promising to work with the Post Office to restore full services to the Stonehaven community, the old Key Stores premises in the middle of the town still lies empty.

The Sub-Post Office at Kirton is now under a lot of pressure.

It does not offer full Post Office services, meaning that residents have to go to Lawerencekirk, Inverbervie or Portlethen.

Additionally, older people who still use the Post Office for various traditional transactions have to walk considerably further than when the Post Office was in the centre of the town.

Also at the time of bank branch closures the business community were told that the main Stonehaven Post Office would offer those cashing services lost with such bank closure, indeed the Banks and local politicians gave an assurance.

Such services are not available at Kirton Sub-Post Office.

Phil Mills-Bishop, chairperson of the Twinning Group, said: “I have found the limited services and queues increasingly frustrating when sending mail and parcels to our Twinning partners in Athens Alabama USA, and Acheres-Paris France.

“With Christmas around the corner the stain on the Kirton Sub-Post Office and the Stonehaven community is going to be unacceptable and there needs to be an immediate solution as promised long ago by the Post Office and local Politicians.”