We’re pleased to say that the Post Office have agreed to “review” the possibility of retaining our “community post office status” (the one that enables a salary to be attached to it) but we can’t get complacent, and need to bombard them with emails and letters to ensure that the review has the outcomes we want!
Initially, everyone needs to contextualise their response, saying who they are, what the PO means to them etc and what they use it for – don’t forget the social aspect too. The below is only a suggested text so feel free to amend or do your own thing.
Cockburnspath is a vibrant Community with a population of around 500 which almost doubles when you include the surrounding Hamlets of Cove, Dunglass, Old Cambus, Chapelhill, Hoprig, Ecclaw, Pathhead, Bilsdean and Redheugh and more.
It suffers from a poor local transport system, which has declined in the last year, and has a high level of older people amongst its population, who are unable to access other post offices, with the nearest being Dunbar, or Eyemouth.
The Community has had a village shop and a Community Post. Office for around 100 years and it is the absolute hub of the village. Unfortunately due to the sudden and unexpected death of shop’s proprietor just after Christmas 2019 the Shop /Post Office in its current location will close on 29/2/2020. The Post office is currently open 6 days a week with half days on Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Community are very determined to ensure that we continue to have a fully functioning Village Shop and Community status Post Office. The Community Council have had an open meeting in the village hall (February 5th) and the hall was absolutely full and local councillors, MSP’s etc were invited and attended. The Community has, through wind farm community benefits, employed an experienced Development Officer to spearhead our project to safeguard our Village Shop and Community Post Office for the current and future generations, and to create a dynamic Community Action Plan, involving robust local engagement.
At the moment the Post Office have offered a restricted outreach service in the village hall one morning per week. Whilst this is welcomed in the very short term, we expect to have a 6 days a week Community Post Office as part of our new village shop for this and future generations. We are therefore committed to the retention of the “community PO status” which will allow us to do this.
Our plans are progressing apace to replace the current shop with a number of locations etc being explored and considered.
Email comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and marked for attention of Gail Burnett, Change Manager. Letters can be sent to the same person at the following address.
Gail Burnett, Change Manager, Retail Operations, Borders Region, Post Office Ltd, 3rd Floor, 120 Bark Street, Bolton, BL1 2A.