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LABOUR RAISES CONCERNS OVER POST OFFICE RELOCATION PLANS

Labour politicians have expressed concerns over impact on local residents of plans to relocate the Post Office on the Annan Road in Dumfries to Rosevale Street.

This week (25 October) the Post Office began a six week consultation over the proposals and Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown is urging local residents to send their views to the Post Office.

Russell Brown said, “There is a large number of elderly residents in and around the Annan Road and Balmoral area who use the current Post Office and they are understandably deeply concerned at these plans. I understand that the circumstances change with the subpostmasters in local Post Offices all the time and this has to be managed by the Post Office. But it is more than half a mile to the alternative location which is fine if you have a car. However, not everyone does and the route to the new Post Office is  uphill, so pretty inaccessible for many people. I  would therefore urge local residents to let the Post Office know their views before the consultation process ends 6 December. I hope this is a meaningful consultation by the Post Office and they actually listen to what local people have to say, not just go through the motions.”  

Colin Smyth, Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Planning, Housing and Environment Services Committee , which has responsibility for bus services, questioned the Post Office claims in their consultation document which states:- ‘There would be a frequent bus service from current premises to the proposed premises. The nearest bus stop is within 50 metres’.

Colin Smyth said, “The Post Office are claiming that there is a frequent bus service from the existing Post Office on the Annan Road to the proposed new Post Office on Rosevale Street but this isn't the case. There are no direct buses between the current Post Office and the proposed new location. In fact from December, when Stagecoach merge the Georgetown and Lochvale bus services, the only bus that will actually go down the Annan Road will be the one from Dumfries to Annan. It does worry me that local residents are being told there are frequent buses to the new Post Offices and the reality is these don’t exist”.

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