David hits out at Innerleithen Post Office proposals

Tweeddale MP David Mundell has criticised proposals which will see residents in Innerleithen only served by a Post Office service one day a week.

Following the resignation of the town's postmaster recently, the Post Office have announced plans to bring a mobile service to the town every Friday between 9.30am and 1pm.

However, Mr Mundell believes that to be an unacceptable compromise and is calling on residents to also make their feelings knowing.

"Post Office services are absolutely vital for those living in rural communities like Innerleithen, particularly for the elderly and those without access to a car.

"I am disappointed that the Post Office have only seen fit to offer a service once a week for a few hours, when demand in Innerleithen is clearly much higher than that.

"I would hope that the Post Office would come up with a much more suitable solution that will see services delivered on a much more regular basis for the community of Innerleithen.

"I would urge residents to make their feelings known to the Post Office in their consultation in order to hopefully change the proposals."

On the proposals to also bring the mobile service to Broughton, Mr Mundell added: "It is welcome that Post Office services will be returning to Broughton, albeit in mobile form.

"It is vital that those in Broughton have access to the services that the Post Office provide, rather than having to travel miles, particularly with limited public transport.

"I hope that residents in Broughton will make their feelings known about the plans for a mobile service on a Friday as it remains to be seen if that will fit the needs of this community."