Torphichen rally to get PO services back

VILLAGERS in Torphichen are rallying together to get their Post Office back open after it was closed at the beginning of November.

After the subpostmaster resigned, Post Office Ltd decided to temporarily close the Torphichen branch which serves around 600 people in the village. This week the company apologised to customers for any inconvenience the closure was causing.

Kenny Lamont, field change advisor for Post Office Ltd said: “Regrettably, following the resignation of the subpostmaster and, despite our best efforts to maintain a Post Office counter service at this location, we had no other option but to temporarily close this branch on November 2.

“The provision of a Post Office service to our customers in the local community is of paramount importance and we continue to work hard to restore a Post Office presence in the area as soon as possible. “

But villagers are concerned that the Post Office will not be operational before severe winter weather sets in and they are considering com-munity ownership.

Aileen Liddell stays in Greenside, Torphichen, and she knows how vital the service is to the community.

She said: “We are holding a public meeting on Tuesday, November 22, at 6.30pm in the Torphichen Inn to discuss the possibility of community ownership of the shop.

‘‘A flyer with a questionnaire is currently being distributed to all homes in the village, the community centre and the Inn.

‘‘The owners of the shop seem keen for someone in the village to operate it, as a villager will know what the village needs.”