Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



News of a temporary solution for Post Office cover in Dufftown has been welcomed by local elected representatives.

MP for Moray Angus Robertson said:

“I welcome the news that we have at least a partial restart of Post Office services in Dufftown following the unexpected and unplanned closure of the previous Post Office in May. Clearly restricted opening is not ideal but I know that Post Office Ltd has been working hard to get something in place in challenging circumstances. I also commend the Buckie Postmaster who has stepped up to provide a temporary service, helping folk in Dufftown and I am also pleased that Post Office Ltd are being very clear that they are continuing to seek a more permanent solution.”

Richard Lochhead MSP said:

"Having been contacted by a number of folk from Dufftown highlighting their concerns over the potential loss of the post office, I'm really pleased to hear the community's post office will now re-open.

"The sustainability of our rural communities is absolutely vital and to have permanently lost this service would have been a huge blow to Dufftown.  It has been a worrying time for the community, particularly with the announced closure of the RBS, but the re-opening of the post office is good news that I'm sure will be welcomed locally."

Local SNP Councillors Pearl Paul and Mike McConachie have also welcomed the news. Cllr McConachie said:

“The Post Office closure was a shock to the community, especially when it was followed by the announcement that RBS were closing the bank. This is only a stopgap measure but this temporary measure will offer some reprieve to those who have been struggling to access their finances and other postal services.”

Cllr Paul said:

“Services like our Post Offices are vital to the health of communities like Dufftown and this partial re-opening is a step in the right direction after the sudden closure that caused real concern for people in and around Dufftown. Post Office Ltd are making clear this is a temporary solution and they are working towards a permanent fix to this unfortunate situation. This is temporary good news and I hope that something more permanent is in place as soon as possible.”