Innerleithen post office petition gathers support

Council candidates, from left, Simon Ritchie, Shona Haslam, Stuart Bell and Robin Tatler with the petition.
Council candidates, from left, Simon Ritchie, Shona Haslam, Stuart Bell and Robin Tatler with the petition.

Renewed calls have been made for an improved post office service in Innerleithen after news of a potential takeover falling flat was announced last week.

More than 300 people have signed a petition, launched by Tweeddale East councillor Stuart Bell and candidate Simon Ritchie, calling for the Post Office to provide a permanent service within the town again after the resignation of the post master within the Daymart store in February.

Mr Bell said: “This petition is still growing in terms of the number of signatures on it. There is clearly huge support in Innerleithen for a permanent postal desk.

“A mobile unit which visits once a week for a few hours every Friday is just not adequate for a town the size of Innerleithen.”

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame met with Post Office chiefs last week in an attempt reignite negotiations with Innerleithen businessman Andrew Caldwell.

Mr Caldwell had hoped to host the post office from within his ice cream shop on Innerleithen’s high street, but last week said “unrealistic demands” led to plans falling through.

Ms Grahame met with the Post Office’s network operations manager Karen Bragg and external affairs manager Linda Bonar last Thursday.

She said: “It was a long and detailed discussion exploring the difficulties for both parties following which I have suggested a meeting between him and Ms Bragg. That way we will establish whether there is a way forward or not.

“I have offered my services to chair such a meeting if asked to do so.”

View the petition at: www.change.org/p/post-office-ltd-innerleithen-post-office.