Wednesday, 24 February 2016
I spoke yesterday on Wave 102 News about the proposed closure of the Dundee Passport Office in Greenmarket that is scheduled for 18th March.
When Dundee's former passport office in Nethergate was closed in autumn 2011, the then Identity and Passport Service gave an assurance that local passport interview facilities would still be available in Dundee. The recent announcement of the closure of the Dundee facility is a clear breach of promise.
It now means that local people in Dundee and also people across Tayside, Fife and Aberdeenshire will have to travel to Glasgow or Edinburgh for passport interview services and it breaks long-standing links to the communities staff serve.
It appears HM Passport Office think its all right for the public travelling long distances for interviews at extra cost – something that is simply not acceptable. There is also concern for the hard-working, long-serving passport office staff affected by the proposed closure.
This closure represents the loss of a well-used facility for Dundee and the winder region and I am asking HM Passport Office to reconsider their decision.
You can listen to the interview by clicking 'play' below :