Thursday, 10 April 2014

An Post called on to intervene to secure future of Little Bray Post Office

Sinn Féin Councillor John Brady has called on An Post to intervene to save the post office in Little Bray. The post office opened in theCostcutters store at Sunnybank in 2011 after a campaign by Sinn Féin, however the future of the post office has been uncertain since theCostcutter store closed in November 2013.

Councillor Brady said "Following a successful campaign by Sinn Féin to have a post office opened in Little Bray, one opened in theCostcutters store at Sunnybank on the Upper Dargle Road. The post office which is a huge benefit to the entire Little Bray area was located In the Costcutters store".

"Unfortunately Costcutters closed last November leaving the In store post office open in the back of the large unit. This was deemed a temporary arrangement until a new tenant was found. Security concerns have been raised for both the staff and users of the post office and going forward it appears that the current situation is not tenable and it's future uncertain" continued Brady.

"The management of the post office have identified an alternative premises for the post office in the Little Bray area to ensure the community continue to have the critical and excellent services of the post office. However it's estimated the move will cost in the region of €36,000 which the Postmistress of the post office is expected to foot".

Councillor Brady concluded "An Post are the ones putting pressure on the postmistress to make the move to a new premises. I think it's grossly unfair to expect the postmistress to foot the huge cost. I have contacted the Chief Executive of An Post Donal Connell to ensure there is assistance given to cover the cost of the move. It is important that the post office is retained in Little Bray and the uncertainty of its future must be brought to an end, this can only be done by An Post, they need to put the needs of the community first. My colleague Councillor Rossa Murray and I led a campaign to secure the post office for the area and we will fight even harder to ensure it stays".

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