No decision on Alloa post office future
Published: 29 Aug 2013 07:000 comments
Staff were told this month that any decision to partner with a retailer will not be made until at least April 2014.
Currently the Post Office Ltd is reviewing 200 expressions of interest for its 70 crown post office franchises in the UK.
A spokesperson for the firm declined to say how many retailers had bid for the Alloa franchise but that a six-week public consultation would be held if a retail partner was found.
Asda, Tesco, Boots, Aldi, Lidl, Co-op and Superdrug have all confirmed they have no interest in taking on the work of the Maple Court branch.
Ochil & South Perthshire MP, Gordon Banks, an avid campaigner to retain the branch in its current location, claimed the Post Office had failed to listen to the people.
He said, "There is no good reason why the Post Office in Alloa should be franchised. The branch meets and indeed exceeds its targets and is well situated to meet the needs of the local community. For many years the post office has formed part of our vibrant town centre and I will continue to do all I can to oppose this move."
Earlier this year the Alloa branch was among 70 Crown branches across the UK earmarked for franchising due to losses of £40 million by Post Office Ltd.
Campaigners say franchising the branch will severely impact footfall on the small town centre. If no suitable retailer is found the branch will remain where it is.
Communication Workers Union members at the Alloa branch joined in national strike action on Monday against