Concern grows over loss of postal service

Newburgh community leaders and residents are concerned at the loss of local postal services.
Newburgh community leaders and residents are concerned at the loss of local postal services.

Community leaders and local politicians have stepped up their calls for a replacement service following the closure of Newburgh Post Office.

The office was shut last Thursday and villagers now face travelling to Ellon or Balmedie.

There is a great deal of concern especially among the elderly

Glen Douglas Foveran Community Council

Post Office officials have described the loss of postal services in Newburgh as “temporary”. The closure followed the resignation of the postmaster.

But concern is growing in the community that there is no sign of a replacement service.

Foveran Community Council secretary Glen Douglas said: “There is a great deal of concern especially among the elderly, who now have to travel on a very restricted bus service

“Similarly, anyone who wishes to post anything larger than a standard letter has to travel to either Ellon or Balmedie to get it weighed and buy the appropriate stamp.

“We have been pushing for a solution and have requested the temporary van which we understand visits Colliston to come to Newburgh. However, this has been turned down by the Post Office.”

Ellon and District Councillor Rob Merson described the closure as “extremely regrettable” and said he had contacted the Post Office about a future service in Newburgh.

He said: “I suggested that an interim mobile service should be provided until such time as new arrangements can be made for the reinstatement of a permanent facility.

“Unfortunately, the only mobile facility in the area is apparently operating at a very high capacity already, so that is not currently possible.

“They are, however, looking at the possibility of providing a temporary ‘Outreach’ service. Such an arrangement should be very much welcomed, as all too often such ‘temporary’ closures become permanent, to the detriment of the other retailers in the area.”

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Newburgh Post Office has closed temporarily from April 23. This is due to the resignation of the Postmaster and the premises being withdrawn for Post Office use from this date.

“We are working hard to find a permanent location for the Post Office and we hope to be able to provide further information on a proposed new location soon. We know how important Post Office services are to people in Newburgh and we are committed to maintaining services in the area.”