Two weeks on, and village is still without a post office

Cove’s new post office – already cut back to just six hours a week – will not open until Thursday May 7 at the earliest.

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 service in the village store was due to start on Monday April, but ‘technical issues’ meant it was not able to open at all in its first two weeks.

The problems have still not been resolved, meaning that the first possible date when facilities may be available would be 17 days late.

Meanwhile the former post office has been standing empty since it closed on April 17 – it was due to be replaced by a new service in the village shop which would be open for just six hours, even though residents had asked for longer opening hours in a public consultation exercise.

Post Office Ltd was unavailable for comment this week, but ten days ago a spokesperson apologised to customers and said ti was hoped to ‘restore services as soon as possible’.

Cove and Kilcreggan Community Council chairman Nick Davies said: “Being open only two days a week is disappointing, and the delay in opening is not a particularly impressive start.”

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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