Perth City Centre Councillor Peter Barrett has launched a campaign calling on Bridgend Post Office to be able to issue and renew vehicle road fund licenses and forms.
The Bridgend Post office recently had its status upgraded to a Post Office +, increasing the services it is able to provide. Postmaster Ian Morgan said: “The upgrade allows us to provide a few more much-needed services to the local community. One of these could have been the Vehicle road Fund license and the supply of relevant forms.” Unfortunately Post Office Ltd. has declined to provide the facility at Bridgend on the grounds that there was adequate coverage in place.
Lib Dem Councillor Peter Barrett said “Since the closure of the Scone Post Office there isn’t the facility to renew road tax at a post office for communities this side of the Tay. This means that there is nowhere convenient for Bridgend, Gannochy, and Kinnoull in the Perth City Centre ward but also further afield for residents in Scone, Balbeggie, and Burrelton, or Kinfauns, St Madoes, and the West Carse.”
Cllr Barrett visited the Bridgend Post Office with Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie to find out more about the impact on the new Post Office's business. Cllr Barrett said: “The Bridgend Post Office is a really important of footfall for the Main Street shops and viability of local businesses there. If people need to tax their car in person they are forced to have a longer journey or pay for city centre parking in they use the High Street Post Office. The local community really value the Bridgend Post office, they were nominated to attend the Queen’s Garden Party for services to the community. I want them to enjoy every chance of success.”
Ian Morgan said. “We have invested a lot of time and money in Bridgend Post Office. Customers who want to pick up D1, D2 and V62 forms or renew their car tax are being turned away with monotonous regularity, it is not doing the Post Office's reputation any good.”
Cllr Barrett is calling for Post Office Ltd. to reverse its decision and has launched a petition to back that up. He said: “I want a change of heart from Post Office Ltd, there isn’t adequate provision. Local residents can support our call and Back the Bridgend Post Office by signing our petition at www.perthlibdems.org.uk/BackBridgendPostOffice.”