Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has called for a Diversification Fund to be set up in Scotland to help post offices improve and diversify during the recession.
Such a fund has already been introduced by the Welsh Assembly and similar support could be provided to the post office network in Scotland.
Speaking at a meeting in the Scottish Parliament, Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie gave her support to the Post Bank Coalition, which is campaigning for the creation of a new ‘Post Bank’ system.
The PostBank could provide personal and business bank accounts serviced by the Post Office network.
“This is a unique opportunity to answer concerns around secure finance for people and the future of the post office network,” said Cathy.
Michael Connarty MP, Cathy Peattie MSP and Cllr Adrian Mahoney with the Grangepans Postmaster
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie and her colleagues Michael Connarty MP and Cllr Adrian Mahoney are asking Grangepans residents to make their voices heard in opposition to the proposed closure of Grangepans PO.
As well as encouraging people to submit individual letters to the post office consultation, they are distributing a survey to try to identify those who will be most seriously affected if they are unable or have difficulty using the central Bo’ness post office.
“The Grangepans Post Office is at the heart of the local community,” said Cathy. “It is important that the elderly, disabled, young families and carers, many of whom cannot readily travel to Bo’ness town centre, are able to access their own local Post Office in Grangepans. I urge local residents to register their opposition to this proposed closure by completing our survey and writing directly to the post office.”
Michael Connarty said that “The local postmaster is opposed to the closure and has welcomed our campaign. In a small number of cases, the decision has been revoked and the post office has remained open as a result of the public consultation. The Post Office can be influenced by people showing that closure would cause hardship or if they have overlooked prospects for local business.”
Councillor Adrian Mahoney pledged his support and said,”Grangepans Post Office provides a vital service to the local community. It is terrible that this facility is under threat. I hope local people will oppose any attempt to close this service.”