Leslie Post Office on the move?

Leslie Post Office
Leslie Post Office

LESLIE Post Office is likely to be moved to another location.

And it’s claimed that the switch will deliver a better service for townsfolk.

The new branch would be at 281-283 High Street - 200 metres from its current site at Norman Place.

The company are promising to create a “modern open-plan local branch with extended opening hours for customers”.

These would be from 4.30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, with the branch opening an hour later on a Sunday.

The Post Office said it was offering customers an extra 75.5 hours each week.

And it is inviting users and other interested parties to give their comments on the move in a six week public consultation.

The move is part of a major modernisation programme across the firm’s network designed to make it easier for customers to do business and has already seen changes at other branches in the area, including Glenrothes.

Post Office regional network manager for Scotland and northern England, Sue Richardson, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Leslie 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 three-year investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, that will see around 6000 branches - about half the Post Office network - converting to new-style branches.

“The investment marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

The Post Office plegded that it would listen to customers’ views during the consultation, which ends on May 7, and would “welcome feedback on any issues customers would like considered before a final decision is taken on this proposal.”

Local councillor, Kay Morrison, said: “The Post Office in Leslie is of crucial importance to the community, and extended opening hours would be very welcome.

“I know how valued the members of staff are too - one customer has described them as ‘lovely’.

“It looks as though access to the new location will be better - a hearing loop will be a boon.

“The opening hours proposed by the Post Office would be a dramatic change, that’s for sure.

The public consultation ends on May 7, so people should make their views known - whether you think it’s a good or bad idea!”

Submissions can be made via e-mail to comments@postoffice.co.uk, or the Customer Helpline: 08457 22 33 44.