FED-UP residents are calling on Post Office bosses to do more to restore services at Barrhead’s Main Street branch.

Since the shutters were brought down in June last year, customers have had to use the Post Office in Cross Arthurlie Street or the smaller branch within the Scotmid store in Aurs Drive.

However, a number of residents have said it would be more convenient if the Main Street branch, which was part of the McColl’s store, was re-opened.

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And, nine months after the closure took place, their patience is wearing thin.

The Barrhead News can reveal a potential deal for an interested party to take over the old Post Office has fallen through, leaving customers back at square one.

Rena McGuire, secretary of Barrhead Community Council, described the delay in finding a new postmaster as “a disgrace.”

She said: “Everything was a five-minute walk when the Post Office was in the Main Street.

“The inconvenience since that Post Office shut is really tremendous. Someone needs to think of what can be done because we need something here.”

Fellow Barrhead resident Rita McGettigan is also unhappy about having to go elsewhere to access Post Office services.

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She said: “I always used the one on the Main Street and I’m lost without it.”

When contacted by the Barrhead News, Post Office bosses insisted the closure of the Main Street branch is only temporary.

A spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise to customers in Barrhead for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of Main Street Post Office.

“We understand and appreciate how much communities rely on our services. We did have an interested party but, unfortunately, this has fallen through.

“We would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to try to provide a Post Office in this area and the vacancy will shortly be re-advertised on our website at www.runapostoffice.co.uk.

“Any retailer or small business owner interested in running a Post Office and incorporating it into their business should visit the website or email NTquestions@postoffice.co.uk.”