The Post Office has confirmed it hopes to reopen a branch to replace the one which closed in Station Road last year.
Subject to a public consultation process, the Post Office said a branch to replace the old Station Road premises, due to re-open shortly as a cafe, could be opened at the nearby Scottish Borders Housing Association offices in Whinfield Road following the appointment of a new sub-postmaster.
This is less than 370 metres from the former branch site and the Post Office wants local people to give their opinions on the proposals during a six-week consultation process.
Should the proposed move get the go-ahead, the new location would open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9am-3.45pm on Fridays.
Post Office’s regional network manager for Scotland and Northern England, Suzanne Richardson, told The Wee Paper this week: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Selkirk and we are confident that this new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
“The proposed changes to the branch are part of a major investment programme to convert the Post Office network to new-style branches and this investment, the largest in the history of the Post Office, makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
South of Scotland Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume welcomed the news of the reopening, commenting: “When a Post Office branch closes it can cause considerable inconvenience for communities, particularly for our elderly folk, and businesses reliant on the postal service.
“This is good news for Selkirk and although the Post Office has not confirmed a start date, I’m pleased that the branch will be operational ‘as soon as possible’, according to officials.
“I’ll be encouraging them to ensure that this does happen to avoid further delay for users of this important service.”
Submissions from the public can be made during the consultation process by Freepost Your Comments, to Post Office Ltd, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, customer helpline on 08457 22 33 44 or textphone 08457 22 33 55.