Creetown Initiative was engaged by Sanquhar Enterprise Company to carry out a Feasibility Study on Sanquhar Post Office, to establish whether it would be a viable option for the community to purchase and take on this essential community asset. The current Sanquhar Post Office owners want to retire and, unless a new owner can be found, they will reluctantly close the door and the World’s Oldest Working Post Office title will be lost. In addition, Sanquhar and its residents will lose another piece of the town’s working infrastructure.
Sanquhar Post Office, established in 1712, is held to be the oldest working post office in the world. As part of national Post Office Counters; Sanquhar; and Dumfries and Galloway’s heritage; it is vital to retain the post office, to protect and preserve this piece of local history. It is also a key service, which many people rely on and, as such, it performs an important function in the community.
Creetown Initiative’s role has been to establish:
- whether there is enough support within the community to retain the post office, via a community consultation
- whether existing users support the idea of Sanquhar Enterprise Company having full control of the building
- whether there is enough income to sustain the building’s running costs
- what the current state of the building is, and what needs attention
- what improvements can be made to the building to make it more efficient
- whether the group has got the capacity to manage the building both in the short and long-term
The community are keen to save this important resource both as a working post office and because of its historical importance.