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Morningside Post Office – September 2017 update

Early in 2017Post Office Ltd announced that it was looking for a partner in order to franchise out the PO services in Morningside.    We wrote to ask for further advice – a copy of our letter and the response is here.   We followed this up with a further request on the specific question of whether a franchisee could operate on the existing premises.   The text of the e-mail response on 6 February from Roger Gale (Sales and Trade Marketing Director) was as follows

We are currently advertising this branch and are at present engaging with all interested parties, as we have indicated that the current premises may be available.  We are exploring the option of a franchise partner operating from the existing premises as well as the option of relocating the branch to alternative premises within the area and as soon as we have a confirmed franchise partner for this branch we will inform you of the proposal.  I would like to assure you that in all of our discussions with potential partners, our aim is to maintain and secure Post Office services for the community of Morningside.”
In mid-September, we heard rumours that staff were being laid off pending closure of the PO.  We wrote to Mr Gale again.  The full text of his response is here but the crucial para is as follows
I can confirm that our staff have not been given notice that Morningside is to close.  The current position is, we have announced our intentions to seek a franchise partner for the branch.  As mentioned in my previous responses, we will then commence a six week period of public consultation to let customers and local representatives know the details of our specific branch proposal and everyone will be provided with the opportunity to let us know their views before we finalise our plans.”

We await further developments