Post Office hours cut angers Ardrishaig

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Ardrishaig’s Yot Spot has reduced its Post Office and restaurant opening hours after being closed for a number of days.

Local residents were left in the dark as to why the Post Office and restaurant in the village had been shut without notice.

One local contacted the Argyllshire Advertiser after she spoke to an elderly resident who had walked in the rain to the Post Office to collect their pension, only to find it shut.

Yot Spot’s Facebook page stated a member of staff on leave meant they were short staffed and could not stay open.

Facebook users vented their frustration at the sudden closure, with one user stating it was ‘simply not good enough’.

Another said: ‘Only being open four hours a day some days of the week is an inconvenience. If you are not able to provide the service required, give it up.’

The Post Office and restaurant will now be open from noon-4pm Tuesday to Saturday and will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Director of Yot Spot Michael Forbes explained the unexpected closure.

He said: ‘We have simply been short staffed due to a combination of reasons. We have worked hard to rectify this and this is now resolved.

‘Now the summer season is over, we have reduced our operating hours accordingly.’

A spokesperson from the Post Office said that the operator of the Ardrishaig branch was facing staffing issues and they were in discussion regarding opening hours.

The spokesperson said: ‘We know how important Post Office services are to people in Ardrishaig and we apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused following the recent temporary closure of the branch.

‘We are working with our operator regarding the problems experienced. We would like to reassure customers the Post Office is committed to maintaining a Post Office service in Ardrishaig and will work hard to ensure this.’