Community hall in Easter Ross to be used as temporary outreach post office following branch closure
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A community-run hall is being made available to ensure lifeline post office services continue in an Easter Ross village.
The Balintore Post Office branch based in the Spar shop in Main Street is to close next month.
It follows a decision by Spar operators, CJ Lang and Sons, to close dozens of post office counters in its stores across Scotland.
Despite a determined campaign by the community supported by local MP Jamie Stone, the existing Balintore office will close on Tuesday October 12 at 3pm.
A temporary post office will open at the Seaboard Memorial Hall in East Street, Balintore, to maintain a service to the community until a permanent solution can be found.
It will be provided by the postmaster for Alness and the opening hours will be Monday and Friday from 10am to noon.
Customers will be able to withdraw and deposit cash, send letters and parcels and pay bills
Alternative branches also include Fearn and Tain.
David Duff, of Post Office Network Provision, said: "We are pleased to be able to provide post office services to Balintore as we know how important a post office is to a community.
"We thank Seaboard Memorial Hall for providing the premises and for the postmaster for Alness for operating this
temporary outreach service whist we work towards a permanent solution."
In Conon Bridge, where the existing post office branch will close next week, a new mobile post office will provide a a temporary service for customers.
It will be provided by the postmaster for Dingwall and will operate twice a week, on Tuesdays between 3pm and 4pm and on Thursdays between 9.15am and 10.15am.
It will stop in the car park in the High Street in Conon Bridge.