MP and MSP demand action over Eastwood Post Office closures

Eastwood' politicians are to meet Post Office chiefs in a bid to win action over 'vital services' missing at two currently closed local branches.

They say they the absence of basic bread and butter Post Offices in both Clarkston and Eaglesham is intolerable, and cannot be allowed to continue.

East Ren MP Paul Masterton and Jackson Carlaw MSP are both demanding an urgent effort to secure alternative providers by the end of the year.

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In a letter to the Extra, the politicians say: “The Post Office remains a vital service for so many residents that we are privileged to serve, especially the elderly.

“The Post Office is about much more than letters and packages with many utilising and relying upon its counter services to withdraw benefits and pay bills.”

They add: “The Clarkston branch in Busby Road is currently closed following an armed robbery and the Glasgow Road branch in Eaglesham because of the retirement of the Postmaster.

“We have received assurances from the Post Office that they intend to retain provision in both areas with a new business being sought in Clarkston to take over the Post Office services and an alternative operator being sought in Eaglesham following the postmaster’s retirement.

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“Nonetheless, the negative impact these closures are having on locals cannot be allowed to continue much longer and their requires to be an urgent effort from the Post Office to secure alternative providers well before the end of the year.”

They aim to raise the concerns constituents have raised with them with the Post Office as soon as possible.