Post Office in search for new Slamannan postmaster

editorial image

The future of a local post office is uncertain as the search begins for a new postmaster to take it over.

According to the Post Office, Slamannan’s High Street branch could soon be changing hands as the current operator looks to take advantage of the compensation package offered by the Post Office modernisation programme.

This has led to concern from East Falkirk MP Michael Connarty, who stated his fears for the future of the local post office network under the modernisation programme earlier in the year, highlighting Grangemouth’s York Square branch.

The Grangemouth branch is now going from strength to strength after a recent refurbishment, but Mr Connarty believes the Slamannan branch might not be so fortunate.

He said: “This is a potential blow to postal services in Slamannan, Limerigg and surrounding rural users. When the Post Office decided to stop paying sub postmasters a salary a lot of them decided to just get out because they did not see the business as being viable.”

A Post Office spokesman said: “Under the network modernisation programme, we are currently seeking a potential new applicant to operate a new Post Office Local in Slamannan.

“There is no suggestion that service is being removed from the area. The process in Slamannan is at a very early stage, but any proposed relocation of the service in Slamannan will be subject to a six-week local public consultation.”

Slamannan’s current postmaster declined to comment.