A Renfrewshire MP has called for more action to support local post offices – and make sure local communities don’t lose out on the services they provide.
In a Westminster debate this week, Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP, Gavin Newlands challenged UK Government minister to protect the post office network and help support towns and villages across Scotland.
In his speech Newlands highlighted the work done by the local community in Bridge of Weir, who came together to save their local post office after management tried to axe it.
Today The Bridge Centre operates the post office, local community centre, and gift shop, operating from the former library building rented from the Council for a token rent, and providing a vital lifeline for the community.
But the archaic criteria used by the Post Office to determine the level of help offered to community post offices mean The Bridge and many other local offices are losing out – and services across the country remain at risk.
Gavin, said: “Paisley and Renfrewshire North has 14 post offices and each is vital to its communities, from Ferguslie Park to Bishopton, Gallowhill to Houston, and Linwood to Bridge of Weir.
“The post office in Bridge of Weir is an example of a community seeing the real value that a post office provides to the village and working hard to secure it. But it needs a long-term future and security from Post Office bosses.
“I called on the Minister to help support The Bridge – and post offices across Renfrewshire – and properly recognise the key role they play in local communities and neighbourhoods, particularly at a time when local services are more vital than ever.
“We need the UK Government to understand that our post office is more than the sum of its parts. It is a vital cog in our society and communities that helps to bind us together, and it cannot be yet another piece of social cohesion that is left to be stripped away by the mantra of market forces.
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