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Post Office Outreach Proposal for Altamuskin welcomed

Published: 27 February, 2012

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed renewed efforts by the Post Office to establish an outreach service in the Altamuskin area. The development comes a number of months after the retirement of a sub-postmaster in the area, leaving it without a Post Office service.

In written communications from The Post Office councillor Donnelly has said he has been informed that whilst negotiations are at an early stage the prospects look positive of establishing an Outreach Service in the area. An Outreach service is an innovative way to provide customers with access to Post Office products and services in communities where a traditional Post isn't currently located, such as Altamukin. For the majority of Outreach services, an established sub-postmaster will travel to, or oversee services at a nearby community facility to provide a local Post Office service. This enables the Post Office to maintain a service in rural communities.

Speaking on the developments councillor Donnelly said:

"I have received written confirmation that the Post Office that they are re-intensifying efforts to ensure that Post Office facilities are made available in the Altamuskin area. This is obviously a welcome development and is the first step in re-establishing this service to the people of Altamuskin, who have had to travel elsewhere since the closure of the previous Post Office facility in the area. Local people have been inconvenienced since the previous closure and so if this outreach service was made available it would provide local people with this service in a local setting which would be hugely beneficial to local people, many of whom relay on the Post Office for their day to day business.CRÍOCH