Thumbs down for temporary Post Office

Councillor George Turnbull says those behind the decision not to provide temporaray postal facilities while the Sandbed store is being refurbished, “should be shot”.

He made the strong comments during Tuesday’s Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum.

The Sandbed facility is set to undergo a £30,000 improvement and it was hoped to provide temporary postal services elsewhere for the three week period. But an e-mail from a council official, who had been negotiating with postal personnel, scuppered hopes of a temporary store.

The post office will close on Friday, January 29, and will re-open on Monday, February 22.

The e-mail, from Douglas Scott, senior policy advisor within the chief executive’s unit at SBC, was read out by Councillor Turnbull. It stated: “I have been in close contact about the Sandbed Post Office temporary closure with Linda Bonar, public affairs manager, at the Post Office based in Glasgow and they say they cannot provide a temporary post office because of the length of time it would take to put a dedicated post office IT line into a building and a mobile unit cannot be provided because it is being used to provide services in other areas. Also the mobile unit is designed to serve small communities and not capable of providing a replacement service for a larger branch.”

The nearest post office with the same services is in Jedburgh and the Post Office say that they they are looking to provide a bus service there three days each week. For more local post office services people will be redirected to the Burnfoot Post Office.