Proposals to relocate Post Office

Brechin Post Office, Clerk Street.

Brechin Post Office, Clerk Street.

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New proposals could see Brechin’s Post Office relocate from it’s current Clerk Street premises to Hendrys Newsagents on Swan Street.

The move would create a “new style open-plan branch with significantly extended opening hours for customers” according to a Post Office spokesperson.

The Post Office has launched a six week public consultation on the move and is inviting customers and interested parties to have their say.

The proposed relocation is part of a major modernisation scheme by the Post Office. The scheme is aimed at making it easier for customers to do business through increased opening hours.

Post Office Regional Network Manager for Scotland, Suzanne Richardson, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Brechin 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 modernisation is 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, makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

The new Post Office would have three serving positions - one open plan, one screened and the third position would be a Post Office serving point.

The serving point would allow certain products and services offered by the Post Office to be available alongside retail transactions during shop opening hours.

The opening hours for the post office in the newsagents would be Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

The opening hours for the new serving point would be:-

Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays - 5 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday - 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Post Office Ltd spokesperson said: “During the public consultation Post Office Ltd welcomes feedback on any issues customers would like considered before a final decision is taken on this proposal.

“The consultation will close on October 3. 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: 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.”

If the relocation does go ahead, it would be expected to take place in November or December of this year.