MP demands genuine consultation on Post Office switch

The Post Office must guarantee that they will listen to the people of Moffat during their consultation on the switch of Moffat Post Office to the Benmar Filling Station, according to local MP David Mundell, who has already written to the Post Office demanding such an undertaking. Mr Mundell, who is urging local people to take part in the consultation which lasts until 20 March, says the consultation exercise must be genuine and produce an outcome that local people accept.

Mr Mundell said:-

" The Post Office are proposing a very big change for Moffat.  Our Post Office is an important part of our  community and has been in its current High Street  location all my life,  so its right that local people are consulted on the proposed move to the other end of the town and the different service that will be on offer. There  will be lots of questions about how the new service will be provided and how the new premises will be accessed, particularly by pedestrians, so the Post Office need to have the answers.  

"What this consultation mustn't  be, is  a rubber stamp or tick box exercise, but instead a genuine opportunity for the Post Office to hear what the people of Moffat and district have to say and to respond accordingly.  I have asked the Post Office bosses to give an absolute commitment on that and look forward to receiving that undertaking.  I also want to hear from them what will happen with the Royal Mail depot to the rear of the Post Office where people pick up undelivered mail.

"It's now very important that everybody locally  with views or concerns take part in the 6 week  consultation and have their say. I also urge anybody who can, to attend the Community Council on 24 February when this item is being discussed."