Post Office pledge to stay in Kirkcaldy

Arrests made in Levenmouth
Arrests made in Levenmouth

The Post Office has pledged it WILL be staying in Kirkcaldy following Tesco’s shock closure announcement - and it is looking for a retailer to take it on.

It said it was working as hard as it could to find an alternative location as quickly as possible.

But Gordon Brown MP wants a more specific assurance it will be IN the town centre.

‘‘Nothing less than a central location will be acceptable,’’ he said.

The busy Post office is currently based within the Hunter Street supermarket which is set to close at the beginning of April.

The local branch - part of the Tesco operation - was closed on Wednesday after staff were given the grim news, leaving customers milling about outside.

It re-opened on Thursday, and today, the Post Office said it was committed to finding an alternative venue in Kirkcaldy.

A Post Office spokesman said: “We can confirm that Tesco has given us notice that they will no longer be operating the Kirkcaldy Post Office branch from April 4.

‘‘Customers should be assured that the we are committed to maintaining Post Office services in Kirkcaldy and will work hard to ensure this.

‘‘We will be seeking alternative premises for the Post Office - so any local retailers interested in this business opportunity should contact us on 0845 266 8790 or email”

The move comes after a day of activity behind the scenes as politicians and business leaders look at ways to try to save the Tesco store.

Mr Brown spoke with the head of the Post Office this morning seeking an assurance it would continue to be based in the town centre.

He said: ‘‘My demand is for an assurance they will stay right in the centre of Kirkcaldy

‘‘There are several thousand pensioners and local residents who depend on the postal services - and nothing less than a central location will be acceptable.’’

He has a further meeting arranged with the Post Office on Monday to continue as activity behind the scenes continues in a bid to try to save the store.

Mr Brown again re-iterated his call for the closure plan to be put on hold to allow politicians and local business leaders to look at possible solutions which would save jobs and keep the doors open.

He added: ‘‘Two months or so is not enough, and I repeat the demand for a moratorium on the closure while we make the case for its continuation.’’