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By Lisa Barbour
Annan and Eskdale
Views invited on Post Office move plan

PROPOSALS to move Eastriggs Post Office to another location in the township have gone out to public consultation.

The Post Office is suggesting relocating its services from The Green to the Spar store in Melbourne Avenue – some 520 metres from the current branch.
And they say the new concept, which would have extended opening hours, will mean all products and services would be available from a till at the retail counter, alongside other transactions.
A six-week public consultation, which finishes on January 29, is now underway for customers and interested parties to give their comments.
Post Office regional manager Suzanne Richardson says the proposed move is part of a major modernisation programme across the network to make it easier for customers to do business through longer opening hours and modern open-plan environments.
She added: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Eastriggs and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
“This modernisation is part of a major investment programme – the largest in the history of the Post Office – and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
Should the move go ahead, the branch would be open from 6 am to 10 pm Monday to Saturday and 7 am to 10 pm on Sunday – an increase of 74 hours on the current service offered.
The proposals to move services in Eastriggs follows similar schemes in Gretna and Langholm, where postal services have already been located to other retail shops.
Submissions to the public consultation can be made by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd, via e-mail to [email protected] or by calling the customer helpline on 03457 22 33 44.
Customers can also share their views online at www.postofficeviews.co.uk with the branch code 109818.

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