THE boss of Barrhead Post Office has praised the “power of the press” after an abandoned car which had blighted the site entrance was finally removed following an article in the News.

Postmaster Michael Pegg was speaking after the DVLA took the vehicle away – which had been left outside the Cross Arthurlie Street office for more than two months.

Last week, the News reported how postal workers insisted they were being hindered by a black Vauxhall Astra.

Staff had grown increasingly concerned the untaxed car’s constant presence was stopping parcel lorries and potential customers from parking outside.

However, the DVLA confirmed as the vehicle wasn’t taxed, it could be towed away.

Mr Pegg, who has worked at Barrhead Post Office for 15 years, said: “I’m just glad it’s been dealt with.

“I want to thank the Barrhead News for helping us to get rid of this problem. The power of the press strikes again.”

Post office employees had been in regular contact with both the police and East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) to try and have the car taken away.

But they were repeatedly told nothing could be done as it was not classified as abandoned.

An ERC spokesman said last week: “The vehicle is not currently classified as abandoned, as it has a valid MOT and there is no significant damage which would potentially endanger anyone coming into contact with it.

“As a result, the council is unable to intervene any further at this time. The DVLA is responsible for clamping and removing untaxed vehicles.”