Atrocious closure of Ardrishaig Post Office

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By Emily Jamison

Ardrishaig residents have been left high and dry once more as the Post Office closes for at least three weeks.

The temporary closure was announced following confirmation that the Yot Spot, which ran the Post Office, had been put into liquidation.

The Post Office moved to the Yot Spot from the Keystore in 2016 following the opening of the Yot Spot, which was once described as an ‘extremely exciting project’ by financial backers.

This is not the first time the Post Office in Ardrishaig has been affected, with the Argyllshire Advertiser reporting on unplanned closures in October.

A local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘There have been rumours for months about the status of the Yot Spot and what would happen to the Post Office.

‘Many in the village were reassured were told that they wouldn’t be left without a Post Office, now we’ve been told it’ll be shut for at least three weeks.

‘So many rely on the services, and for it to be shut like this is just atrocious.’

After months of speculation on the future of the Yot Spot, Companies House has listed the company’s status as ‘liquidation’.

The company’s downward spiral will be hard to swallow for the 81 supporters who raised more than £10,000 through online crowd funding to fund renovations to the steamer terminal building.

Argyll and Bute councillors have described the closure as ‘concerning’ for the village of Ardrishaig.

Councillor Dougie Philand said: ‘This is really concerning for the residents of Ardrishaig, not only for the three weeks but the uncertainty of the future.

‘In Argyll there is a bigger concern that the banks, Post Offices etc which provide lifeline services to the rural population are being abandoned for our larger cities.

‘I believe national government should review the provision of such vital services, and assist to protect them in rural areas.’

Councillor Sandy Taylor said: ‘We should all be concerned about this situation. The modernisation of the Post Office network has surely lead to the difficulty finding alternative providers in Kilmartin and Ardfern and now an unsustainable post office business in Ardrishaig

‘Together with my fellow local Councillors we will challenge the Post Office to ensure that changes to our local post offices are sustainable and provide for the continuity of services for consumers and businesses.’

A spokesperson for the Post Office said: ‘We understand how important Post Office services are to a community, and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of Ardrishaig Post Office.

‘Unfortunately, from time to time, Post Office branches do temporarily close for reasons beyond our control. This is because the majority of our branches are run by independent retailers and we are not the owners of the premises and regrettably, this means we are unable to reopen the branch ourselves.

‘We always want to maintain Post Office services, and would like to reassure our customers that we are doing all we can to restore services as soon as possible.’