Post Office Announce Changes to Postal Services in Laxey & Kirk Michael

Date: Monday 28th November 2022

IOMPO is pleased to announce that with effect from Wednesday 4th January 2023 until 30th June 2023, Ellan Vannin Fuels (EVF) will provide postal services from their premises located on New Road, Laxey, a short walk away from the current post office location. This follows an Expression of Interest for the provision of postal, parcel or kiosk services in Laxey and kirk Michael.

The initial opening hours will be 1000–1600hrs Mon- Fri and 1000–1200hrs on Saturdays. These are longer hours than the current offering which will be welcome news for customers. In addition, EVF will be trialling a parcel collection service until June 2023. The Social Security Department is writing to all Treasury cash benefit recipients to advise them that from 4th January 2023, MiCard payments can be collected from the new post office located within EVF Garage Laxey.

The limited term contract with EVF will afford time for the IOMPO Board to complete the work with the Council of Ministers on the future requirements for key government services and the community retail network service provision beyond 30th June 2023.

Meanwhile in Kirk Michael, IOMPO was pleased to receive more than one expression of interest in providing services in the village and therefore will now move to the next step in the procurement process, which it expects to complete by the end of February.

However to provide convenience to customers, we are pleased to advise that Ballaugh Post Office will be extending their opening hours during this period.

The Social Security Department is writing to all Treasury cash benefit recipients who currently collect from Kirk Michael explaining that they will be required to make alternative arrangements for the collection of their benefits before the incumbent sub postmistress closes for the last time on 30th December 2022.

While IOMPO appreciates customers will see a break in postal services in the village, it is encouraging that there is interest to provide services going forward and IOMPO hope that a new service provider can be appointed for Kirk Michael in due course.

IOMPO is very grateful to the outgoing sub postmistresses at both Laxey and Kirk Michael for the services they have provided on behalf of IOMPO and its commercial partners.

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