LESLEY LAIRD MP is urging businesses in Dalgety Bay to come forward and consider running the local Post Office services.

Her intervention comes after the abrupt closure of the office at Regents Way earlier this month following the resignation of the branch’s postmaster.

The nearest services for residents are now in Inverkeithing High Street or Aberdour. 

Ms Laird, MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, said: “Many residents and businesses in Dalgety Bay rely on the Post Office, especially after local bank branches closed, and it’s incredibly disappointing that they’re now forced to travel to Inverkeithing to access the next nearest option.

“I’ve been in discussion with Mark Gibson, the Post Office’s public affairs manager, and I understand talks are under way to encourage local businesses to explore options for them to take PO services on.

"Discussions are also ongoing over raising the rate that Post Offices can charge banks for carrying out financial transactions on their behalf. 

“With this in mind, other businesses in Dalgety Bay may find that this would make this an attractive opportunity.”

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of Dalgety Bay Post Office following the resignation of the postmaster and withdrawal of premises for Post Office use. 

“While we always work hard to maintain Post Office services, we are not the owner of the premises and regrettably, we are unable to reopen the branch at present. 

“We understand how important a Post Office can be to a community and would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to restore services to them as soon as possible.

"Any retailer or small business owner interested in running the Post Office and incorporating it into their business should email NTquestions@postoffice.co.uk or visit www.runapostoffice.co.uk.”