DUNFERMLINE MSP Shirley-Anne Somerville has called for urgent answers over the future of a post office service in Charlestown. 

The previous facility closed last month after the retiral of Jimmy Wilson and Janice McLennan from the village’s Sutlery shop and efforts are on-going to source new premises.

Ms Somerville said she was “deeply disappointed” to see the Charlestown Post Office shut its doors.

“Although the closure is said to be temporary, it has left the residents without a valuable service, which they have relied upon for many years,” she said. 

“It means that people from Charlestown have to travel further afield – to Crossford, Dunfermline or Rosyth - to use Post Office services. 

“That is an inconvenient trip, particularly for people who do not have a vehicle.

"That is why I have written to the Post Office, for an update regarding their search for a new postmaster. 

“Charlestown residents deserve to know when their Post Office will be back up and running, or at the very least, the Post Office must provide them with information about the process and timescale.”

A Post Office spokesperson apologised for the inconvenience caused by the temporary closure.

“We would like to reassure customers that we continue to work hard to restore the service to the community and are committed to maintaining services in the area,” said the spokesperson. 

“Any retailer or small business owner interested in running the Post Office and incorporating it into their business should ring 0845 601 6260 and talk to an advisor.”