Welcome for postal service

Councillor Rob Merson with the Post Office announcement.
Councillor Rob Merson with the Post Office announcement.

Post Office bosses have confirmed that a long-awaited service will be restored to Newburgh next week.

A mobile van will be sited in the centre of the village for the first time on Tuesday.

We hope that this will be a temporary service until the Post Office can re-establish a permanent solution

Glen Douglas Foveran Community Council

It comes after the village post office was closed in April and in time for the busy Christmas period.

Community leaders and local policitians have repeatedly called for a replacement service.

Newburgh residents have faced an 11-mile round trip to the nearest office in Ellon, on a route with limited public transport.

Ellon and District Councillor Rob Merson, who has been spearheading demands for a restored service, said: “While it is not an ideal solution, I am delighted that the Post Office has now agreed to provide a temporary mobile van service to the residents of Newburgh.”

Mr Merson added that Bridge Terrace residents and local butcher Karl Watson had given permission for the van to be parked next to the village hall.

He revealed that Post Office officials are continuing to work towards a permanent facility.

Foveran Community Council has also welcomed the new service.

Secretary Glen Douglas said: “The council is pleased that at last a postal service will be available to the residents of Newburgh.

“We hope that this will be a temporary service until the Post Office can re-establish a permanent solution.”

The van will operate on a Tuesday and Thursday each week from 1-3pm.

It will be positioned outside the village hall in Main Street.