THE re-opening of Lochgelly Post Office took another step closer as it was revealed that three possible companies have shown an interest in taking over postal services for the village.
The post office, which was housed at the Good News supermarket at 76 Main Street, closed unexpectedly on February 12 following the closure of the shop and resignation of the subpostmaster, leading to Kirkcaldy MP Gordon Brown to write to the Post Office Chief Executive, Ms Paula Vennells and insist on its re-opening as soon as possible.
Ms Vennells has now replied to Mr Brown and in her letter has stated that while they look for permanent companies to run the service they are also exploring temporary options.
She wrote: “We are committed to maintaining Post Office services in Lochgelly, and the positive news to report is that we are in discussions with three different parties who have expressed an interest in running the branch, as one of our new ‘Local Models’.
“These are integrated alongside other retail outlets, and typically provide customers with access to our services over significantly longer opening hours.
“We will progress the application process as quickly as possible and ensure your office is updated on further developments.”
“In the meantime we are exploring all possible options for the provision of a temporary service, although frustratingly we have not yet found a solution due to the combination of the late notification of the previous sub-postmaster’s resignation.
“The fact that we have been denied access to the existing site and have encountered signal strength problems which, to date, have prevented the deployment of our mobile equipment.”
Mr Brown, who expressed shock and dismay at the sudden closure of the Lochgelly branch, said: “We want action as quickly as possible and I will continue to work with the councillors and MSPs to press for it.
“The Post Office recognises they must act but it is taking too much time and I will press for a temporary solution to come in quickly while we look through the permanent options.”