Monday, July 22, 2019
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A small part of Sleat's historic past has been preserved albeit with a slight change of location.

Isle Ornsay Post Office has been in existence for over 100 years and, incredibly, has been in Duncan R MacDonald’s family for all of that time. At one stage it was the main post office for the south of Skye, with all letters coming to Isle Ornsay for distrubtion to other areas.

According to the Camuscross and Duisdale Initiative that has meant it has always played a very important role in the life of this and the wider community.

However, when the present post mistress, Flora Ann MacDonald decided she wanted to retire, there were concerns the historic coonection could be lost until she asked the Initiative if it would be a good idea to relocate the post office to the planned new community hub due to be opened next year.

The Initiative said: "This service will certainly enhance what the hub is able to offer and will create one place where people can go for a wide range of services.

It's important to note that the Post Office has changed its policy and will no longer allow any relocating post office to be sited in a private house.They will only allow post offices to relocate to retail premises.

"So if the hub wasn’t being planned, it is highly likely the community would have lost its post office once Flora Ann retired. So we are very grateful to Flora Ann for being willing to carry on running the post office while the project slowly, but now more surely is being developed. This means that the post office service will not be lost to the community."

The application process to allow the transfer is expected to take 6-9 months and is currently underway.

 

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