SHANDON Street post office is to close before the end of the year, a city councillor has confirmed.
The move has sparked an outcry in the local community.
Councillor Thomas Gould has said he has spoken to the postmaster who has told him the office at the junction with Blarney Street will shut its doors before the new year.
It is believed the stipend paid by An Post for the running of the office — including staff costs, rent and overheads — was reduced by 15%, forcing the postmaster to give notice that they will no longer operate the business on behalf of An Post.
An Post operates franchises for most of their post offices which are run by independent postmasters. Mr Gould said the closure will have a multifold affect on the local community.
“People are very upset in the community at the moment. Shandon Street and its surrounding areas would have a lot of elderly collecting their pensions. The post office is a hub of the community. The locals are gutted and devastated by the news.
“All the other busineses on Shandon Street are going to be hit by this. If you have hundreds of people using the post office to collect their pensions and children’s allowance each week, they are now going to have to go to North Main Street or Blarney Street. If you are an elderly person how are you going to get up to Blarney Street or into town? There is no direct bus link to either from the Shandon area. They’d have to get the bus to Knocknaheeny or the bus into the city centre. This will have serious consequences.
“In Blackpool, we have seen how An Post moved the post office from the village to the shopping centre and I have major concerns for Blarney Street, Fair Hall, Gurranbraher and Knocknaheeny and places like Mayfield.
“There is a drive to get people to do everything online but a lot of people like going to the post office to meet people and talk to them. This is increasing urban isolation for people that live alone,” Mr Gould added.
An Post did not respond to a request for comment by the time of print.