Plans to retain but move Isle Ornsay’s post office to the area’s new community hub, An Crùbh, have been given the official stamp of approval

The Post Office’s Regional Network Manager, Suzanne Richardson, has confirmed that public consultation has begun and now local people will also have a chance to have their say.

In a letter to Sleat Community Council Chairperson, Mr Roddy Murray, she said: “I’m writing to let you know that we are proposing, with the Postmaster’s agreement, to move the above Post Office branch to a newly built premises at An Crùbh, Duisdale Beag, Isle Ornsay, Isle of Skye, IV43 8QU.

"I’m pleased to tell you that if the move goes ahead, subject to consultation, the new premises will be built to incorporate a convenience store and Isle Ornsay Post Office, where it will change to one of our new local style branches."

In fact 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 Post Office if the move goes ahead it will mean for customers that:

• Post Office services will be offered from a till on the retail counter in a modern open plan branch
• Longer opening hours
• The majority of Post Office products and services will still be available
• Improved accessibility

Public consultation is expected to end early in December with the move to new premises pencilled in for February of March 2017.

Ms Richardson added: “Posters and leaflets will now be displayed in branch to let customers know about the changes and to ask their views.