Currently there is 3 bids for the Post Office in Lochgelly, and updates from local shop keepers suggest that a decision may take up to 6-8 weeks if not longer.
The Lochgelly Community Council contacted the Postmaster in February, and whilst the response received was sympathetic, details of when the Post Office would be re-opened could not be determined at this stage.
Currently, there is 3 shops that have placed there bid to house the Post Office, these are; Lochgelly Bargain Store, Costcutters and the Co-op.
Lochgelly Bargain Store
The Lochgelly Bargain Store is ideally located in the central area, and would see the return of the Post Office to it’s former premises. The drawback is that there is no disabled access, however the owner has assured us that the building will be adapted to allow easy access to wheelchairs and prams, which is a requirement if the bid is approved.
Costcutters is more convenient for residents at the top of the town, but will add an additional 5-10 minute walk for residents from the bottom of the town, but since it is located across from good news, it is a trip that residents are already used to. The premises are already adapted to allow easy access for wheelchairs and prams.
We are assuming the Co-op bid is for their main premises, as this would be the most sensible locations as it is the most central. The building certainly has the space and is easily accessible for wheelchairs and prams. The downside is that the Co-op is a very busy building, and with the addition of another service, this could lead to longer waiting times.
So what do you think, where should the Post Office be located?
We will pass on the results of the poll to the Post Master. If you wish to contact the Post Master direct for any enquiries, to lend your support for a local bid, or to complain about the current lack of Post Office facilities, you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone: 08457 223 344