Michael Moore MP opened Selkirk’s new post office at Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) last Monday.
The ‘Post Office Local’ is one of a new breed of branches sited in shops and businesses, to replace the thousands closed to stem the Post Office’s losses – including the town’s Station Road Post Office.
“It’s clearly not the usual model for a traditional post office, but we need to modernise and adapt to remain effective,” the Post Office’s Head External Relations, Connie Hewitt, explained.
The first customer, SBHA’s chief executive Julia Molloy, said: “This is a fantastic project. Any profit the Post Office makes will be reinvested in tenant services.”
An SBHA spokesperson told us that, after the Station Road office’s closure in October 2012, “local community leaders and residents contacted SBHA to see if a solution could be found and a new community focus established.
“A Post Office consultation and a door-to-door survey carried out by SBHA staff, showed that 92 per cent of residents and 100 per cent of local businesses were in favour of the idea.”
Mr Moore, who cut the ribbon, commented: “I was delighted to open the new Post Office Local facility at the Scottish Borders Housing Association head office in Selkirk.
“As local MP, I have campaigned strongly for retaining and expanding post office facilities. They are vital services for local communities.”