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Stornoway North councillor, Gordon Murray, has urged the Post Office to continued to provide a post office branch in the Bayhead area.


The existing sub-post office is closing with the Post Office intending to set up two new branches outwith the vicinity.


Under the plan the new post offices would be in Newton and at the top of the Cearns.


Gordon Murray voiced “serious concerns” after consulting with the community through the Manor and Castle Residents Association.


The councillor said: “The current location in the Bayhead area serves the community very well and concerns have been out to me that not enough was done by the Post Office to find other accommodation in that area.”


He said the two new sites for the post office will particularly disadvantage people who depend on the post office for pensions and are without a car.


They will find either new locations “impossible” to get to as one is at the “top of a steep hill and the other is found in an industrial part of the town.”


Mr Murray said: “For our elderly members of our community and those who are immobile, this will present great difficulties.


“Are there proposals to address these concerns?


“I would propose that the Post Office extend the (consultation) and investigate all possible places in the area that could accommodate the facility.”

“Impossible” for elderly to get to relocated post office

24 December 2016