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Start of temporary service for Closeburn Post Office

A temporary post office service will start in Closeburn this week.

The Matt Williamson & Sons store in the industrial area of ​​the village will open it on Wednesday June 8 and will operate every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The move comes after the post office announced that the village store’s former postmaster had resigned and the location had closed on April 7.

Steven Simpson, Network Provision Manager for the Post Office, said: “We are delighted to be restoring service to Closeburn at the established Matt Williamson & Sons store.

“We are grateful to the Galloway Street Postmaster, Dumfries, for agreeing to run temporary services for Closeburn and Thornhill while we continue to seek permanent solutions.”

Closeburn’s closure came shortly after the Thornhill post office was closed and replaced with part-time service in the local library.

La Poste said it continues to seek a permanent solution.

Emma Harper, SNP MSP for South Scotland, said: “Today’s news that services are to be restored, albeit temporarily, is extremely welcome.

“Today’s news is a welcome step forward.

“However, I encourage the Post Office to continue to monitor this situation, with a view to finding a long-term sustainable solution to secure future Post Office services for my constituents in and around Closeburn.”

And Labor MSP Colin Smyth said: ‘I welcome the move of the post office to run a temporary service in Closeburn, but I will urge them to continue to seek a permanent long-term solution for Closeburn and Thornhill.

“Having a post office in the community is vital for so many of my constituents, especially those who are older or those who cannot get around easily.

“Unfortunately, across Dumfries and Galloway, we have seen post offices closing after closing and complete inaction by the UK government to keep them open.

“This latest closure has been a major blow to the region, in particular the communities of Thornhill, and a further reduction in the number of permanent post offices in Dumfries and Galloway.”

Meanwhile, Thornhill’s service hours will change June 6 to Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.