Gordon Banks MP

Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire

Gordon Banks MP

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I am concerned concern about the future of Post Office services in Braco, Bankfoot and St Fillans as the current Post Office outreach services come under threat.

 

These three communities have been served by a mobile Post Office service operating from Methven but news emanating this week has confirmed that the Post Office agent in Methven has resigned these services.

 

In Braco, the current agent from Methven has agreed to provide a Post Office service at Braco Store from Monday 19th January between 09:30am and 11:30am (Mondays only) until the end of February 2015 whilst Post Office Ltd work on creating a more permanent solution.

 

In Bankfoot, the operator at Murthly is providing a temporary service and a portable kit has been installed for this purpose.

 

In St.Fillans, the mobile service has been temporarily taken up by a new operator at Strathyre Post Office.

 

I am concerned at the upheaval that these changes will have on residents of Braco, St Fillans, Bankfoot and surrounding areas.

 

Whilst it is clear that effort has been made in order to offer a level of temporary cover to compensate for these changes it does appear to be merely a sticking plaster over a much larger wound, with all three solutions being temporary and Braco seeing a service reduction as well.

 

Rural communities are reliant on their Post Office and the services it provides and I can assure you that I am committed to working with everyone concerned to look at ways in which a more sustainable permanent solution can be provided.

Post Office Provision – Update

I am concerned concern about the future of Post Office services in Braco, Bankfoot and St Fillans as the current Post Office outreach services come under threat.   These three communities...

 

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I recently visited the Focus School Ochil Campus for 6 -18 year olds at The Pavillions in Alloa, which has recently relocated from the Laurieston area.

The school, a registered charity, was established in 1999 under the name of Oakwood School, and since its inception has been a member of `Focus` – an affiliated group of 37 independent schools in the UK. 

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Ochil Campus – there was a great atmosphere about the place and I was able to get a real impression of what is a vibrant school community that is extremely inclusive and outward-looking. There is a tangible feeling that students are being equipped for future life here.

I was also highly impressed with the range of awards, not only for academic achievement and excellence but also for improvement.  I’m sure that students must find this to be an inspiring environment in which to study.

Visit to Focus School Ochil Campus in Alloa

  I recently visited the Focus School Ochil Campus for 6 -18 year olds at The Pavillions in Alloa, which has recently relocated from the Laurieston area.

I am very disappointed to be informed that Tesco have scrapped proposals to open a new store in Crieff.

This is really disappointing news on a number of fronts.  I am aware that the issue of a new supermarket in Crieff has divided opinion but it was my feeling from speaking to residents that they were in favour of such a development in the town.

 

From a road safety aspect which is a major concern it appears that the Council were heavily committed to planning gains from Tesco to fund the necessary improvements in the road infrastructure which would have serviced the new store, but will still service the new Crieff Primary School.

 

Tesco have said they are determined to work closely with Perth & Kinross Council and to find the right solution for Crieff and I will be holding Tesco to this commitment, whatever it means, to ensure that the people of Crieff are not further disadvantaged by Tesco’s decision to walk away from Crieff.”

 

Likewise I will be contacting Perth & Kinross Council to find out what their plans are and whether they can now be pressed into action that could improve road safety in Crieff.

 

Whether a supermarket is built in the area or not, what is crystal clear is there needs to be a major programme of work undertaken to improve safety at the junction between King Street/Broich Road and along the entire length of the road past Crieff High School and the new Crieff Primary School.

Tesco scrap plans to open store in Crieff

I am very disappointed to be informed that Tesco have scrapped proposals to open a new store in Crieff. This is really disappointing news on a number of fronts.  I...


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