Published: 09/04/2017 13:02 - Updated: 09/04/2017 13:10

Post office consultation on mobile service to small villages

Glyn Jackson who runs the East of Caithness mobile post office van welcomes customer Sue Steven from Newport Berriedale during a regular stop at Latheron Hall. Picture: Willie Mackay
Glyn Jackson who runs the East of Caithness mobile post office van welcomes customer Sue Steven from Newport Berriedale during a regular stop at Latheron Hall. Picture: Willie Mackay

TWO parts of rural Caithness are set to have their mothballed post offices permanently replaced by a mobile service.

Berriedale’s sub post office closed in November 2013 while Westerdale has been without a presence for even longer.

The Post Office is consulting on plans to introduce a van service in each area. Its proposal involves a cut in the mobile cover in the Latheron area from four days a week to three.

Under the new set-up, the van would visit Berriedale’s Portland Hall on Thursdays between 3pm and 3.45pm and the car park alongside the Engineering Enterprise Services building in Westerdale every Tuesday between 9.15am and 10.15pm.

To accommodate the new service, it is proposed that the van would no longer travel to Latheron on Tuesdays but continue to visit there on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Post Office is inviting customers and others to give their views on the move.

Area network operations manager Kenny Lamont said: “We are confident that these new services at the heart of the local communities will meet customer needs. The introduction of a mobile outreach service presents the best possible solution to allow us to restore Post Office services in Berriedale and Westerdale.”

The public consultation closes on Tuesday, April 25. Submissions can be made by Freepost to Your Comments, Post Office Ltd; via the customer helpline on 03457 223344 or Textphone 03457 22 33 55; or by emailing comments@postoffice.co.uk Questionnaires are also available at postofficeviews.co.uk.

For more information visit this link https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/branchname.php?query=Berriedale+KW7+6HD&frmnd=liveconsultation

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