NEW Post Office Service for Langholm

Post Office  have announced that the Langholm Post Office service will operate from inside Langholm Town Hall, Market Place, High Street, Langholm, DG13 0JH from November 1st 2019.

The introduction of a permanent Hosted Outreach service, presents the best solution in the area and will also create a more secure service in the longer term to the local community for the future. The Postmaster from Scotby Post Office will continue to offer Post Office services and will operate the Hosted Outreach service from within the Town hall.

 

The new service is planned to commence on Friday 1 November 2019, and will operate on Wednesdays between 10:00 and 15:30, and Fridays between 09:00 and 14:00.

The current temporary Hosted Outreach Mobile Post Office service is scheduled to cease on Wednesday 30 October 2019.

South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth has welcomed proposals to locate the Langholm Post Office within Langholm Town Hall- but expressed his disappointment that the hours of opening will remain well below those of the previous Post Office in the town.

 

Colin Smyth said, “A number of constituents have contacted me with concerns over the future of services for customers from Langholm and across the Esk Valley since it was revealed that the Post Office was going to close last November and I have been lobbying the Post Office to find a way forward”.

“Although the temporary mobile service has served a purpose, it is far from ideal and a more permanent solution is badly needed. The use of the Town Hall is a positive proposal, which I welcome because it also adds to the services available there. However, it is disappointing that a way was not found to increase the opening hours more than just two days a week. I will therefore be urging the Post Office to continue to look at whether longer hours could be considered in the future.”

Post Office Limited are carrying out a consultation to gain feedback from local people on the new service plans.

Responses can be provided here; https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/national-consultation-team/langholm-dg13-0jh-230818-1/