Peterculter Post Office to close down as MSP hits out at 'huge loss' to community

The North Deeside Road Post Office will be closing down in less than two weeks time
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The Post Office has confirmed its branch in Peterculter will be closing this month following the resignation of current partner C J Lang & Son Ltd.

Customers have until Friday, June 14 at 3pm before the service shuts for good, which runs out of the Spar shop at 254 North Deeside Road.

A display notice advises customers of the upcoming closer, with the Post Office 'investigations the options available which will enable us to reinstate a service to the local community as soon as possible.'

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Applications from potential partners are being welcomed to run the service, with the vacancy currently advertised on their website. The closing date for applications is listed as Tuesday, June 18.

Residents in Culter are being advised to use their nearest Post Office branches following the closure, with sites available Monday to Saturday on North Deeside Road in Cults and on Countesswells Road in Seafield.

In a letter to customers, the Post Office said: "We are writing to inform you that, regrettably, following the resignation of our current partner, C J Lang & Son Ltd, and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use, the above branch will close on Friday 14 June 2024 at 15.00.

"I would like to assure you that we are working hard to keep any period of closure to a minimum and we are currently investigating the options available which will enable us to reinstate a Post Office service to the local community as soon as possible.

"We would welcome any applications from potential retail partners interested in running a branch locally on our behalf. The vacancy is currently being advertised on our website and applications will be carefully considered.

"If you are aware of any interested parties, please do share the link with them."

Scottish Conservative North East MSP Liam Kerr urged both the Post Office and C J Lang to find an alternative as soon as possible as he hit out at the 'deeply disappointing' closure.

He said: "The closure of Peterculter Post Office is deeply disappointing and will be a huge loss to the community.

"Branches like this are a lifeline for residents, especially for elderly or vulnerable people who can’t travel to places like Cults or the city centre to access services for parcels and banking.

"It’s vital the Post Office works with operators such as CJ Lang to stop more of these closures from happening.

"My fear is if they don’t, we will soon be left with just the one main branch in the city centre which would be catastrophic for communities across Aberdeen.

"The Post Office needs to ensure local shops and chains have the right infrastructure and support in place to offer these essential services which are part of the footfall of our high streets."

Mr Kerr previously confirmed he would be writing to both the Post Office and CJ Lang to urge them to find an alternative for locals in the area.