Stonehaven still lacking full Post Office service

Stonehaven town centre businesses have been called on to come forward with suggestions for a new Post Office location.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 7:39 am
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 7:39 am
Residents have to use the smaller branch inside the Kirkton Road Co-op and petrol station.

The Allardice Street in-shop post office closed just over a year ago, leaving residents access to the smaller Arduthie branch inside the Kirkton Road Co-op and petrol station.

That branch saw queues around the block over the festive period and an acceptance by the Post Office that an alternative is necessary.

The branch has been their only means for postal and bank services, since Royal Bank of Scotland also cancelled their mobile unit during lockdown in March.

In correspondence with West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie, the organisation has said no postmasters have come forward to restore services.

"Stonehaven won't have an acceptable solution until a bigger Post Office branch opens," the Conservative MP said.

"There may have been an initial reduction in footfall because of lockdown restrictions.

"With all respect to the Co-op, Christmas showed the present arrangement isn't sustainable, and now those restrictions are easing and people are returning to the high street.

"The Post Office have said they are trying to restore a full service.

"That won't happen unless a retailer or someone in the town centre applies to take it on."

Robert Sharp, Network Provision Lead, said: "The Post Office closed last year for reasons beyond our control as the postmaster resigned and withdrew the premises for Post Office use.

“Since then we have been exploring our options for restoring a Post Office service to our customers in the area.

"The vacancy has been advertised on our website and a member of the field team has also personally visited the area, but so far we have received no interest or formal applications for the position.

“Unfortunately, we have therefore been unable to identify a suitable solution, as there have been no suitable opportunities to re-establish a service, this branch will remain closed.”

Alternative access to Post Office services:

• Arduthie Post Office, Kirkton Road, Stonehaven

• Portlethen Post Office, Rowanbank Road, Portlethen