Darliston PO to be reopened
The Darliston Post Office, in Westmoreland, which was closed for the past three months, is to be reopened this week, much to the delight of residents, who have been seriously inconvenienced by its closure.
The post office, which serves the communities of Enfield, Lennox, Chilton, Caledonia and Hopewell, among other districts, is attached to the building which houses the Darliston Police Station. It was ordered closed by the parish's public-health department due to a massive rat infestation. The facility has been undergoing repairs since it was closed.
Recently, residents of Darliston and surrounding areas staged a protest, demanding that the authorities speed up the reopening of the post office. According to them, travelling all the way to Savanna-la-Mar, which is sixteen miles away, to collect their mail is both inconvenient, expensive and bothersome.
In outlining the plan to re-open the post office, Andrene Scott-James, who heads the postal service in Westmoreland, told Western Focus that while the repairs have been completed, a decision has been taken to reopen the post office at another section of the same building.
"The post office was repaired with help from Luther Buchanan, the member of parliament; business operators in the community; and other citizens," explained Scott James.
When contacted for a comment, Buchanan said he regretted the inconvenience residents have had to endure as a result of the post office being out of service and was full of praise for the input of the business community and residents, who contributed to the repairs.
"I am acutely aware of the inconvenience this would have brought to citizens, especially the elderly and physically challenged, who have to travel to Savanna-la-Mar to get their mail," said Buchanan. "I am particularly happy that, with the assistance of concerned citizens and the business community, we were able to effect the required repairs. I am elated by the joy it brings to the most vulnerable."