Services will continue

Bo'ness one stop shop will close, but services will continue
Bo'ness one stop shop will close, but services will continue

It will be business as usual despite the closure of the Bo’ness One Stop Shop, according to the council leader.

Following the announcement in March that the shop would close at the start of 2017, the local authority said the public will still be able to pay their council bills using PayPoint outlets in local shops and post offices

Councillor Craig Martin said: “We are simply re-locating the One Stop Shop, not closing it.

“Places like the library in Bo’ness and the recreation centre will become hubs where outreach services will be provided, bringing more footfall into some of the buildings. Libraries are under pressure with falling numbers of visitors so this should give them a much needed boost.”

Howver, the Bo’ness SNP branch recently called on Falkirk Council to reverse its decision to close the building and Councillor Ann Ritchie is seeking signatures for a petition she plans on presenting to Mr Martin.

She said: “We want this petition to demonstrate that the One Stop Shop is an important and key resource for the people of Bo’ness and needs to be retained.

“At a time when town centres across the country are struggling, this decision by local Labour and Tory politicians puts the final nail in the coffin.”

Mr Martin said the changes to the One Stop Shop will allow the council to bring services to customers rather than customers coming to them.