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New mobile post office service for Pulteneytown

By Jean Gunn

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Glyn Jackson on the last day of the mobile post office service he provided recently at Wick's riverside car park. Picture: Alan Hendry
Glyn Jackson on the last day of the mobile post office service he provided recently at Wick's riverside car park. Picture: Alan Hendry

A temporary mobile post office is set to start in Pulteneytown next month to restore service to the community.

Introduced by Post Office Ltd, the service is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 1. The previous branch at the Pulteney Centre in Huddart Street closed in September 2019 due to the resignation of the postmaster.

The new twice a week facility – Mondays and Fridays – will be provided by postmaster Glyn Jackson aboard a specifically designed vehicle, which has been found to be a tried and tested way of maintaining service to communities.

“We are delighted to be restoring post office service to Pulteneytown with a mobile post office whilst we continue to look for a permanent solution,” said David Duff, Post Office network provision lead.

The vehicle will visit MacArthur Street, Pulteneytown, on a Monday from 1-3pm and on a Friday from 9-11am.

Mr Jackson had been providing a mobile service in Wick's riverside car park until local businessman Kevin Milkins and his wife Dawn launched a post office venture in the town on January 6.

The new shop-based facility was opened at 125-127 High Street for a three-month trial period following the closure of the previous town centre service at the end of October.

Mr Milkins said: "The post office has hit the ground running with it being very well patronised."

He explained that a one in, one out system they had adopted due to the Covid-19 restrictions had failed to deter people from using the service.

"We are just about half way through our trial period and it has been a real eye opener that has been an inspiration to me in deciding what could be done to add value to the business," continued Mr Milkins.

"I am thrilled at the response from the townsfolk that have shown a genuine gratitude to the service that our manager Sarah Bartholomew has offered.

"The new service from the post van will also be a welcome addition to the town which will save people from that side of town the trip down to us, particularly in the bad weather."

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