Village’s replacement post office fails to deliver in first week

There has been no post office service in Cove this week, after ‘technical issues’ meant the new, reduced service in the village store could not operate.

An 'outreach service' was due to be offered at the village store
An ‘outreach service’ was due to be offered at the village store
The post office run by Margaret Shutt closed its doors for the last time on Friday April 17.

It was due to be replaced on Monday (April 20) by a service in the nearby village shop which would be open for just six hours – even though residents had asked for longer opening hours in a public consultation exercise.

The new service was expected to be available on Monday and Thursday from 9am to 12 noon, but had not run at all so far and yesterday (Friday) Post Office Ltd was unable to say when it would start,

A spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, due to technical issues the branch was unable to open as planned on Monday and we would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused.

“We have requested an urgent visit by an engineer and hope to restore services as soon as possible.”

An improvised notice within the shop advised customers to use the Kilcreggan post office, which is nearly two miles away.

The change of location for the post office was first announced in early February, approximately 11 weeks before the branch failed to open in the new venue which had been proposed at that stage.

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