Wick mobile post office to visit riverside car park four days a week
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A mobile post office will be introduced in Wick during the first week of November following the closure of the existing branch in the town centre at the end of this month.
Post Office Ltd says the temporary unit will visit the riverside car park four times a week to ensure a service is maintained for the community following the resignation of postmaster Younes Amin.
The current branch in Bridge Street, within the card and gift shop Best Wishes, will cease to trade on Friday, October 30, at 1pm.
The mobile post office will be provided by Glyn Jackson and is scheduled to start on Tuesday, November 3.
The opening hours will be Tuesday, 2.45-3.45pm; Wednesday, 9am-3pm; Thursday, 9am-1pm; and Friday, 1.30-3.30pm.
There will be no service on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays.
A spokesperson for Post Office Ltd said: "The travelling post office is aboard a specifically designed vehicle. It is a tried and tested way of maintaining service to communities.
"It provides the best possible temporary solution to maintain post office services to the community while we continue to seek a permanent solution."
The spokesperson said the nearest alternative offices are in Watten, Lybster and Thurso.
This week it emerged that local businessman Kevin Milkins has expressed an interest in setting up a post office in the town centre.
Mr Milkins, who runs Birons Ironmongers in Bridge Street along with his wife Dawn, has purchased the former social work building at the shore end of High Street, and has been in talks with Post Office Ltd.
"I find it incredibly difficult to imagine a town the size of Wick without a post office and wish the present post office owners all the best for trying as they have," Mr Milkins said.
Councillor Nicola Sinclair, who represents Wick and East Caithness on Highland Council, said: "I welcome the news that Wick will be served by the mobile post office unit four days a week. Obviously the times are quite limited but it’s just a temporary solution.
"In the meantime I hear that discussions are going really well between Mr Milkins and the Post Office Ltd representatives, so there’s reason to hope that the doors will not permanently close on the Wick branch. I’d like to reassure people we’re all doing everything we can and aiming for a full service again."