Can you revive village post office service?

Upper Largo Post Office
Upper Largo Post Office

A call has been made to the local community of Upper Largo to take on the Post Office service after the subpostmaster resigned.

The counter, which sits within the J & J Elder store on Main Street has been closed for around four weeks after Angela Junor, who used to run the service, resigned.

Now, Post Office Ltd has put out a call to any retailers or small business owners who might be interested in running the Post Office and incorporating it into their business to get in touch.

Peter Aitken, chairman of Largoward Community Council said the closure would certainly affect the community of the small village - and he hoped something could be done to see it reopen in the future.

He said: “Although there is a counter in Lundin Links, that is too far for people to walk, especially some of the elderly residents in Upper Largo and those without cars.

“The community certainly needs a Post Office.”

Liz Smith MSP voiced her concern about the number of Post Office counters which had closed recently.

She said: “Last year saw a number of Post Offices close following the resignation of the subpostmaster and the withdrawal of Post Office services.

“For many subpostmasters it is a very difficult decision to resign from the Post Office. However, with many unable to find a buyer for their business they are therefore forced to retire and close.”

Ms Smith said she had asked for a survey to be carried out of all subpostmasters who may be looking to retire so that steps can be taken to prevent a loss of services to the community.

Anyone who is interested in the role should contact the Post Office Ltd on telephone number: 0845 266 8790.