Post Office seeks residents’ views over Selkirk branch

Site of the old Selkirk Post Office in Station Road to be turned into a cafe.
Site of the old Selkirk Post Office in Station Road to be turned into a cafe.

Residents in Selkirk’s Station Road area could soon be enjoying their own local post office once again if proposals to reopen a branch go ahead.

Subject to a public consultation process, the Post Office said a branch to replace the old Station Road premises, which closed a year ago, could be opened at the nearby Scottish Borders Housing Association offices in Whinfield Road, following the appointment of a new sub-postmaster.

This is less than 370 metres from the former branch site – which is due to reopen shortly as a cafe – and the Post Office wants local people to give their opinions during a six-week consultation process.

Post Office regional network manager Suzanne Richardson, told us: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Selkirk and we are confident that this new modern branch will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.

“The proposed changes are part of a major investment programme to convert the Post Office network to new-style branches and this investment makes a commitment to no more closures.”

South of Scotland Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume welcomed the news: “This is good news for Selkirk and although the Post Office has not confirmed a start date, I’m pleased that the branch will be operational as soon as possible, according to officials.”