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Royal post office saved from cuts

Glamis Post Office
Glamis post office could have seen its hours cut, but was spared

A post office in Angus with royal connections has been saved from having services slashed.

The Glamis branch - where the birth of Princess Margaret was registered - can continue operating as normal following a Post Office consultation.

The branch in Cairnie Street in Arbroath has also been saved, as have services in Crook of Devon.

However, the Lunanhead office near Forfar, which was not originally under threat, has been earmarked for closure.

A consultation on plans for the branch will begin on 12 August.

Other offices across Tayside are being shut, including four in Dundee and three in Perth.

Campaigns were launched across the region when plans for a shake-up of local services were announced at the end of May.

A petition was launched in Glamis and a countess backed pleas to keep it fully open.

Mary, Dowager Countess of Strathmore, said the Queen Mother would have been "horrified" at Glamis being targeted.

Hugh Nicoll, who owns the shop which houses the post office, said: "We're very relieved, I'm very pleased for the whole community. I think they've done a sterling job in coming together to save the post office.

"Personally I'm very relieved because it's obviously affecting our business, which is the last shop in the village. Without the post office that shop would have possibly closed, leaving nothing in the village - so the village would be dead.

"We weren't too optimistic at points, but it's great for the community."

Kinnesswood protest (Picture: Mike Hally)
In Kinnesswood, people took to the streets to protest at possible closure

More than 100 people staged a protest against plans to close the branch in Kinnesswood, in Kinross-shire.

Opponents sent about 50 parcels to the postal affairs minister urging him to save the branch, but their campaign was unsuccessful.

Sub-postmaster David Buchan's family have run the post office for more than 100 years, beginning with his great-grandfather.

Mr Buchan said: "He was the first postmaster here, he actually started the post office. Unfortunately I'm ending it, which wasn't my intention when I took the thing on - but that's life I suppose.

"It's a short-sighted thing, I think the community are going to be the worst for it.

"I think a lot of people will stop using post office services as a result, so I think the Post Office is going to suffer."

Sally Buchanan, from Post Office Ltd, said: "These are difficult decisions which have not been taken lightly.

"We have considered very carefully all the comments made during the public consultation.

"We believe that the amended plan announced today offers our customers across North East, Tayside and Fife the best prospect for a sustainable network in the future, bearing in mind the UK Government's minimum access criteria and the other factors it has asked us to consider."


SEE ALSO
Protest over village post office
09 Jul 08 |  Tayside and Central
PM urged to help save post office
17 Jun 08 |  Tayside and Central
Countess backs royal post office
06 Jun 08 |  Tayside and Central
Scottish post offices for closure
28 May 08 |  North East/N Isles

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