The decision to move New Stevenston’s post office away from the centre of the village has been branded ‘an insult’ to customers.
The Post Office has confirmed a switch from Carfin Street to Salina Mini Market in Stevenston Street despite hundreds of villagers signing a protest petition.
Objectors said it will be too far away for many customers, especially the elderly, but the Post Office insists the new base will be ‘within reasonable distance for the local communities it serves’.
Regional manager Suzanne Richardson said the New Stevenston sub-postmaster wants to leave and the Salina owner was the only one to apply to take over the service.
However, Central Scotland MSP Richard Lyle said he had told bosses he knew of someone who wanted to run the business from the current shop.
Mr Lyle stated: “They have ignored this totally and failed the people of New Stevenston. They are moving it because it is in their interests, but it’s not in the interests of local residents.”
MP Frank Roy said he had been told by the Post Office that an alternative site in the village centre was a possibililty. He added: “The relocation to an outlying shop is an insult to the people of the village.
“The so-called consultation to gauge public opinion since November was a complete sham. How many villagers responded, both for and against their ridiculous proposal, and why was registered interest from another central retailer ignored?”