Concerns voiced as Post Office gets ready to move in Kirkcaldy

David Henderson, chairman of Kirkcaldy West Community Council, outside the proposed new post office premises in the former Clydesdale Bank in Kirkaldy High St.
David Henderson, chairman of Kirkcaldy West Community Council, outside the proposed new post office premises in the former Clydesdale Bank in Kirkaldy High St.
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A Kirkcaldy man is calling for the Post Office to ensure the town is not short-changed when it opens up its new permanent base in the High Street.

A six week consultation period on a new unit in the former Clydesdale Bank premises at the bottom of Kirk Wynd has begun, with views sought from members of the public.

David Henderson (76) who lives in the town centre and is chairman of the Kirkcaldy West Community Council is aiming to ensure that the new facility offers at least the equivalent service as that previously provided when post office services operated from the Tesco supermarket base.

Mr Henderson told the Press: “I am all for a new permanent service opening in the town centre but I just want it to be a proper post office service, not postal services offered as part of a convenience store.

“In Tesco we had six or seven counters and this is fewer. There was always a queue there and I don’t want to see the service eroded bit by bit.

“I don’t think this is the ideal setting because there is no dedicated parking, but it would help if they opened up the parking behind the building on the Esplanade which I think they will have to do for the delivery vans to get access.

“I am quite happy for other services such as food retail to be part of it, as long as the post office is given its full attention and it doesn’t become like a sub post office service like we have in other parts of the town.”

The plans are for a modern, open plan branch in refurbished premises with five serving positions – two screened, two open plan and a low level counter; a hearing loop and space for wheelchair access; longer opening hours and all the current products and services.

A spokesman said: “The proposal is for the premises to undergo full refurbishment to open a Post Office and convenience food store. There would be a permanent postmaster as the current branch is run by a temporary one.

The consultation which ends on December 2 wants people to comment on the suitability of the location and premises and any concerns they may have.

A leaflet is available outlining the plans at the Postings unit. Comments should be emailed to: comments@postoffice.co.uk or through the quick questionnaire at postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 109844.