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

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.

Co-op

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?

Where should the Post Office be located?

  • Lochgelly Bargain Store (50%, 131 Votes)
  • Co-op (37%, 97 Votes)
  • Costcutters (13%, 33 Votes)

Total Voters: 261

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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: consultation@postoffice.co.uk, or telephone: 08457 223 344

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6 Comments

  1. Rab Robertson

    April 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    The co-op is already a big joke. Far to slow& lethargic. Management ha ha. A post office would bring the slow pace to a complete standstill.

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  2. Susan R.

    April 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    The co-op already has a monopoly in Lochgelly and sets its prices too high. I prefer to shop elsewhere. Having to go into Cowdenbeath is costing money but the prices are a lot cheaper than the co-op! Hurry up and get our post office back, but please, not in the co-op!

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  3. hezza

    May 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    the coop is local for the older generation to get access to their funds without having to go further afield.

    If you are able to go further for ‘cheaper’ shopping then that is your choice. I think we need to take into consideration the people who aren’t able to get the bus or who don’t have access to a car, which sadly is the older generation. They should not have to be out out.

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  4. Kellie

    May 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    There is going to be a Post Office again in Lochgelly, and so there should be. Part of the point here is, yes unfortunately, there are people who can’t travel out of the town, but really they shouldn’t have to be paying more for their groceries than those in Cowdenbeath anyway. Yes, it is the elderly that is having to pay for the increased prices in Lochgelly. My own choice for the Post Office is for it to go back into its original building, not into the Co-op, considering the two are right across the road from each other, I don’t see why the Co-op should continue to have a monopoly in the town.

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  5. blastie1

    May 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Think we waste enough time in queues in the coop to have the Post office in here as well! “Extra back up to the kiosks please!”

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  6. Tommy

    October 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    The co-op is an ideal site for a post-office There is ample parking at the rear of the building. Wheel chair access is also available. The shop it was sited at before closure, was nothing but an eye-sore.With a minimum area to park which caused a lot of traffic hold up.

    In saying all of the above I still think the most obvious site would be or should be, the original building at the junction of North Street.

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